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Rob Ford (1969 - 2016)

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Rob Ford (1969 - 2016)

Rob Ford, the Canadian politician who was re-elected to the Toronto City Council in landslides and later became the city’s mayor for four years, died Tuesday, according to CNN. He was 46.

The cause of death was cancer. He was first diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in 2014.

Ford served 10 years on the council, from 2000 until 2010, the year when he was elected mayor. He campaigned on behalf of the working class, vowing to reduce the size of city government.

"Toronto's government has grown bloated and wasteful," he said in a campaign video. "It's time to stop the gravy train that provides luxuries and perks to politicians and rich contracts to their friends."

Although the outspoken Ford’s mayoral tenure was marked by scandal, fellow politicians expressed condolences.

“I have known Rob Ford for many years. He was a man who spoke his mind and who ran for office because of the deeply felt convictions that he had,” Mayor John Tory said in a news release. “His time in City Hall included moments of kindness, of generosity to his council colleagues, and real efforts to do what he thought was best for Toronto.”

Ford’s family released a brief statement announcing the death of a “dedicated man of the people” who devoted his life to “serving the citizens of Toronto.”

Fans, friends and relatives of Ford shared their condolences on social media.

“Uncle Rob, You have fought the good fight long enough and now can rest in peace. Love you and will forever miss you,” tweeted Michael Ford, the former mayor’s nephew, who serves on the Toronto District School Board.

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