Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during the kick off of his re-election campaign at a rally in the city's north end April 17, 20
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Rob Ford, the outlandish former mayor of Toronto who made headlines for his drug abuse in office, has died at the age of 46.

Ford passed away on Tuesday morning (Mar. 22) after battling cancer since 2014, according to Canada’s CBC News. Ford’s chief of staff confirmed the death, adding in a statement, “A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”

Ford won the mayoral seat of Toronto in a landslide victory in 2010, and became an Internet celebrity when he was caught smoking crack cocaine in a cell phone video in May 2013. Ford admitted to having smoked crack in office, but refused to step down as mayor.

In April 2014, after more unflattering videos of Ford surfaced, the mayor announced that he was taking a two-month leave of absence to attend treatment in a rehab facility. He intended to seek reelection in 2014, but pulled out of the mayoral race following the cancer diagnosis that year.