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  1. Rob Ford, a man simultaneously adored by his fans and abhorred by his foes as his scandal-packed term as mayor of Canada's largest city propelled him to international infamy, has died. Ford, 46, succumbed to cancer Tuesday, 18 months after doctors discovered a softball-sized malignant tumour in his abdomen, his family announced in a statement.
    Rob Ford, a man simultaneously adored by his fans and abhorred by his foes as his scandal-packed term as mayor of Canada's largest city propelled him to international infamy, has died. Ford, 46, succumbed to cancer Tuesday, 18 months after doctors discovered a softball-sized malignant tumour in his abdomen, his family announced in a statement.
  2. Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor who was loved and loathed even while in the international hot seat for admitting to smoking crack, has died. His family confirmed that the 46-year-old succumbed to cancer Tuesday — 18 months after doctors discovered a softball-sized malignant tumour in his abdomen.
  3. Ford's man-of-the-people persona made him a polarizing figure during his tenure as the city's mayor, whether for his politics or his personal life. His death drew condolences from politicians, celebrities and constituents whose phonecalls he returned personally. Councillor Norm Kelly, a Twitter celebrity who served as Ford's deputy mayor, tweeted his condolences:
  4. As did current and former Prime Ministers and other politicians who spoke of his legacy:
  5. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who invited Ford to appear on his show when the furor around Ford's crack admission was at its highest point, tweeted about Ford's love of the city:
  6. Top international DJ Deadmau5, who hails from Ontario, tweeted a reference to a "double double" coffee. Deadmau5 famously took Ford on a coffee run in this Youtube video.
  7. Athletes and the Toronto Blue Jays shared thoughts too:
  8. So did the rap community:
  9. Many online put aside their opinions on his politics to comment on the bigger picture:
  10. A cartoonist at the Toronto Star, the newspaper that broke the story about Ford's infamous crack smoking video, tweeted this. Ford defied haters by selling bobblehead dolls in his likeness at city hall to lineups of fans at the height of his international infamy:
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