March 22, 2016 1:05 pm
Updated: March 22, 2016 1:20 pm

IN PICTURES: Rob Ford’s controversial career

WATCH: Controversial former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has died after a hard-fought battle with a rare form of cancer. Ford died peacefully surrounded by his family at Mount Sinai Hospital on Tuesday.

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TORONTO – Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who garnered national and international notoriety during his time in office, has died.

Here are 10 occasions when the controversial politician made headlines.

Crack video — May 16, 2013:

The American news site Gawker and Toronto Star report seeing Ford on a video smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic comments. They say the video is being shopped around by men allegedly involved in the drug trade. Ford says later in May: “I do not use crack cocaine.”

Police probe — Oct. 31, 2013:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses media outside his office in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

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Chief Bill Blair announces Toronto police have recovered a copy of a cellphone video file that depicts images of Ford “consistent with those previously reported in the press.” Blair says police have no “reasonable” grounds to criminally charge the mayor but adds he is “disappointed” by the video.

Crack admission — Nov. 5, 2013:

Ford admits he smoked crack cocaine about a year earlier while in one of his “drunken stupors.” The mayor says he has nothing left to hide.

Obscenities on TV — Nov. 14, 2013:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes for crude remarks he used earlier in the day at a news conference at city hall in Toronto on November 14, 2013.

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Ford spouts an obscenity on live TV while denying allegations he told a female aide he was going to have oral sex with her. “I’ve got more than enough to eat at home,” he says. He later apologizes and says he is getting professional help. City councillors call for him to resign. Ford refuses.

Loss of powers — Nov. 18, 2013:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, gestures to Councillor Paul Ainslie in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on November 18, 2013.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

City council votes by a wide margin to slash Ford’s mayoral budget and hand many of his duties to the deputy mayor. Ford calls it a “coup d’etat” and says it will be war in the October 2014 municipal election.

Rant — Jan. 21, 2014:

Having recently said he had given up alcohol, Ford admits he was drinking the previous night after a video emerged on YouTube of him in a rambling, profane rant using Jamaican patois. Ford says he had been on personal time at a west-end Toronto restaurant and did not think the language he used was offensive.

Jimmy Kimmel appearance — March 3, 2014:

Ford appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” with the TV host introducing him by saying: “Our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way into our national consciousness.” Ford tells Kimmel he wasn’t elected to be perfect but to clean up the financial mess at city hall.

Stint in rehab — April 30, 2014:

Rob Ford, right centre, is helped with his jacket by his sobriety coach Bob Marier, left centre, while his driver and personal security guard Jerry Agyemang, left, and Communications Officer Amin Massoudi look on as they arrive at an announcement at a TTC transit yard in Toronto on Friday, July 11, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ford’s lawyer announces the Toronto mayor will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse. The announcement comes hours after the Globe and Mail reports that a drug dealer had shown two of its reporters a new video of Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine. Ford returns from rehab on June 30, 2014, saying seeking treatment was a life-saving decision.

Cancer diagnosis — Sept. 10, 2014:

Toronto Councillor Rob Ford gives two thumbs up as he poses for a photo before surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his abdomen in Toronto on May 11, 2015, in this handout photo. The cancer that took the life of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is among the rarest and most challenging to treat, says a doctor who specializes in a class of tumours called sarcomas.

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Ford is admitted to hospital after complaining for months of abdominal pain. Doctors soon discover a large tumour. Citing his health, Ford withdraws from the mayoral race and runs instead for city council. Later in the month, Mount Sinai says Ford has been diagnosed with an aggressive liposarcoma. He begins chemotherapy.

Political perseverance — Oct. 27, 2014:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to supporters in Toronto on Monday, October 27, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

John Tory is elected mayor of Toronto. Ford says his family is not ready to abandon its mayoral ambitions. “I guarantee, in four more years, you’re going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up,” a wan-looking Ford tells cheering supporters.

Source:The Canadian Press

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