Rob Ford Passes Away After Battle With Cancer
Rob Ford is dead at the age of 46.
The former mayor of Toronto passed away on Tuesday morning, leaving behind a wife, Renata, and two children.
There have been no announcements concerning a memorial, nor what will happen with his now vacant council seat in Ward 2.
The Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and Toronto civic centres have been lowered to half mast and will remain that way until the end of the day of Councillor Ford’s funeral.
A books of condolence has been set up at City Hall and at civic centres for staff and members of the public to express their condolences. An online book of condolence is also available at: cityoftorontocondolences.ca
The city councillor’s chief of staff released a statement late Thursday saying Ford’s family was by the politician’s side in hospital and was asking for privacy while thanking well-wishers for their support.
Jacobs sent out a statement today on behalf of the family announcing the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband and father.
Ford was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014, less than a year after he confessed to smoking crack while in one of his “drunken stupors.” The illness forced him to withdraw from his bid for re-election as mayor and he ran instead for a seat on city council, winning in a landslide despite his notoriety.
Statements on Rob Ford's Passing
The Ford family has released the following statement:
With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46.
A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.
The family asks that you respect their privacy and join them in their grieving and their prayers.
The family will not be making any statements to the media or taking any questions.
Information will follow at a later time regarding memorial services.
Current Mayor John Tory has released this statement:
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Ford: husband, father, city councillor, and former mayor of Toronto.
The City is reeling with this news, and my thoughts are with his wife Renata and their two children, as well as Rob’s brothers Doug and Randy, his sister Kathy, his mother, Diane, and the rest of their tight-knit family, including TDSB Trustee Michael Ford.
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. As a councillor, mayor and private citizen, Rob Ford reached out directly to people across the city with a phone call, an offer of advice or support, and I know there are many who were affected by his gregarious nature and approach to public service.
I had a chance to visit him not long ago and while he was clearly not well, he was happy to hear me say I looked forward to his return to City Hall. Sadly, that won’t now happen but whatever differences we had, he knew I meant it.
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. He was, above all else, a profoundly human guy whose presence in our city will be missed.
On behalf of the people of The City of Toronto, I offer my sincere condolences to his loved ones at this time.”
Twitter Reaction To Rob Ford's Passing
Councillor Mammoliti writing a chalk message about Rob Ford at Nathan Phillips Square pic.twitter.com/nxGPJBXdYk— Trevor Dunn (@trevorjdunn) March 22, 2016
Condolences to the family and fans of @TorontoRobFord - an unforgettable guy who loved his job and city like few men I've met.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 22, 2016
Uncle Rob, You have fought the good fight long enough and now can rest in peace. Love you and will forever miss you. pic.twitter.com/3tIM0KZJdK— Michael Ford (@MichaelFordTO) March 22, 2016
Rob Ford had a passion for people and politics. I'm saddened by his tragic passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. #RIPRobFord— Norm Kelly (@norm) March 22, 2016
My office will be working with the Ford family & staff with respect to arrangements. We will keep you up to date at the family’s discretion.— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 22, 2016
Rob Ford fought cancer with courage and determination. My condolences and best wishes to the Ford family today.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 22, 2016
Rob was a fighter throughout life & dedicated public servant who will be remembered for his courage, love for Toronto & his family. 1/2— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) March 22, 2016
On behalf of the @TorontoPolice Service, I extend condolences to the family of Rob Ford on his passing.— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) March 22, 2016
Sincere condolences to Rob Ford’s family during this difficult time. 46 is far too young to lose a loved one.— Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) March 22, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rob Ford and our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/eTJsEnoWuj— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 22, 2016
On behalf of everyone at TDSB, our sincere condolences to Trustee @MichaelFordTO & family on the passing of former Mayor & Cllr, Rob Ford.— Toronto DSB (@tdsb) March 22, 2016
Saddened to learn that former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has passed away. My thoughts & prayers are with Rob's friends, family & colleagues.— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) March 22, 2016
My statement on the passing of Rob Ford: https://t.co/BJ12hqfoao— Rona Ambrose (@RonaAmbrose) March 22, 2016
Such sad news about Rob. Sending my sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace buddy...— Josh Colle (@JoshColle) March 22, 2016
RIP to one of the most interesting men in the world... Rob Ford— Dalton Pompey (@DaltonPompey) March 22, 2016
I will remember remember Rob Ford as a guy that loved our city.— Jeff O'Neill (@odognine2) March 22, 2016
Wishing @TorontoRobFord and his family strength and love.— Olivia Chow (@oliviachow) March 18, 2016
Simply devastating news. My heart goes out to the Ford family. Rob was a fighter until the very end. I'll miss him on the Council floor.— Joe Cressy (@joe_cressy) March 22, 2016
Hoping Rob Ford finds renewed strength in the best wishes & prayers of thousands. My thoughts are with him, his wife, children & family.— Mark Towhey (@towhey) March 17, 2016
I lost my mom last year to cancer & know how painful it is to lose someone you love. My most heartfelt condolences to Rob Ford’s family.— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) March 22, 2016