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.
AM640 has set up a page with interviews about the former mayor that can be heard here.
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.
Councillor Ford was first elected as City Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North in 2000. He was re-elected Ward 2 Councillor twice before running successfully for Mayor in Toronto’s 2010 municipal election. In the 2014 election, he was once again elected Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North.
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.
The city says a book of condolence will also be available to sign at Toronto City Hall and at Toronto civic centres beginning today.
Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and Toronto civic centres will be lowered to half mast in honour of Rob Ford.
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.
Mayor Tory also paid tribute to Ford at a press conference held at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, during which he said the death of the former mayor leaves a “hollow feeling” at City Hall.
Speaking with more than a dozen Council colleagues by his side, Mayor Tory confirmed that as a tribute to Rob Ford, the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillip’s Square will be dimmed on Monday night.