Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after fighting cancer

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall in Toronto on June 30, 2014 amid a crush of cameras. The crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford returned to work more popular than ever after a stint in rehab for his internationally publicized alcohol and drug abuse. AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall in Toronto on June 30, 2014 amid a crush of cameras.  (Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

TORONTO (AP) — Rob Ford, the pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died Tuesday after fighting cancer, his family says. He was 46.

Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada’s reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics.

But his tenure as mayor of the country’s largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. He was repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public.

His statements and actions became nightly fodder for TV comedians and an embarrassment to many of the suburbanites he championed.

Nevertheless, he was later elected by a landslide to a city council seat.

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