- A city hall official confirmed to a crush of reporters and photographers that the mayor had submitted his request just ahead of an official deadline to do so. Ford, 45, whose admissions of crack-cocaine use, binge drinking and profanities make him a household name across much of North America, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after complaining for months of abdominal pain.
- Reaction on social media was instant:
- — John Chidley-Hill (@jchidleyhill)Fri, Sep 12 2014 17:09:04We're No. 1! We're No. 1! "@mattdpearce: Congratulations, Toronto. You did it! You are the weirdest place in North America.”
- — robyndoolittle (@robyndoolittle)Fri, Sep 12 2014 16:58:41I'll say it again - If the Rob Ford saga had been written as fiction, it would have been deemed too unbelievable for publication.
- — Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow)Fri, Sep 12 2014 17:14:00Toronto, it's time to get back to focusing on our real priorities. We need thoughtful and honest leadership. The circus needs to end.
- — ♫ LizzywhothefunkC♫ (@SingleForLifey)Fri, Sep 12 2014 17:11:13Rob ford isn't running for mayor again... Awe that's too bad. Hopefully the next one doesn't smoke crack
Ailing Rob Ford quits mayoral race
Rob Ford's bid for re-election came to an abrupt end Friday as the mayor withdrew his name off the ballot following the discovery of a "fair sized" tumour in his abdomen.
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