Ford was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014, which forced him to drop his mayoral re-election campaign. However, he ran for and got elected to the Toronto city council, where he was first elected in 2000. He then underwent surgery in May 2015 to remove an abdominal tumor, but two new tumors were later discovered on his bladder. On Friday, Ford was hospitalized and began receiving palliative care to ease the symptoms of the rare and aggressive cancer that grows in fat cells.
Ford rose to fame in 2013 when footage of the then-mayor using crack cocaine was released online. Ford eventually admitted to using the drug "probably in one of my drunken stupors," prompting the city council to strip him of most of his mayoral powers.