Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:28:43 PM CSTUpdated On: Mar 22 2016 11:51:59 AM CDT
Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford died at age 46 on March 22, 2016, after battling cancer. Here's a look at Ford political career through the years.
Before he was elected mayor, Ford served as a city councilor in Toronto for a decade. He was known for his larger-than-life personality and speaking bluntly.
In a 2006 interview with Rogers TV, Ford spoke about his political ambitions saying, "I want to be mayor, I want to be premier, and I want to be prime minister."
Ford ran for mayor as an anti-politician ready to stand up to "big-city elites."
In his mayoral campaign video, Ford said, "Toronto's government has grown bloated and wasteful. It's time to stop the gravy train that provides luxuries and perks to politicians and rich contracts to friends."
Ford's term as mayor was rocked by scandal when a video surfaced raising questions about drug usage in May 2013.
Ford eventually admitted to using crack cocaine.
Ford later apologized: "I know I embarrassed everyone in this city, and I will be forever sorry. There is only one person to blame for this and that is myself. I know admitting my mistake was the right thing to do, and I feel like a thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders." The council limited his powers, but he did not step down as mayor.
Ford won a city council seat by a landslide after withdrawing from his mayoral re-election bid due to health concerns in 2014. He entered rehab and was later diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The day before his death, family reported he was "resting comfortably" and in palliative care. Family members were by his side at the hospital. He died at age 46 on March 22.
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