- The Washington Times - Friday, March 18, 2016

Rob Ford, the frequently scandalized former mayor of Toronto, Ontario, was flanked by family members in a Canadian hospital on Thursday as doctors determine the next step in treating a rare form of cancer that forced him out of office, his chief of staff said.

“With his family beside him, Councillor Ford is currently in hospital as he continues his battle against cancer. The Ford family asks for privacy during this difficult time, and thank the people of Toronto and around the world for their ongoing prayers and support,” chief of staff Dan Jacobs said in a statement.

On Twitter, Mr. Jacobs said later that he had released the statement to clarify the former mayor’s condition “in response to the rumors currently circulating on social media” that erroneously suggested he had died.

Mr. Ford, 46, served on the Toronto City Council for a decade before being elected mayor in 2010. Three years later, calls for his resignation became rampant after he admitted to smoking crack during one of his “drunken stupors” while in office.

Doctors diagnosed Mr. Ford with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014, prompting him to abandon plans for a second term as mayor and run once more for city councillor instead, winning nearly 60 percent of the vote. 

As of Thursday, doctors were determining the next steps in treating the rare cancer while Mr. Ford rebuilds the strength to resume chemotherapy treatment, Fox News reported. He’s been hospitalized since February.

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