23 Mar 2016

Controversial former mayor of Toronto dies aged 46

7:52 am on 23 March 2016

The controversial former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has died at the age of 46 after fighting cancer.

Mr Ford, who battled drug and alcohol addiction, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014.

He gained international notoriety after admitting smoking crack cocaine in 2013, but he was loved by supporters.

He could not run for re-election as mayor in 2014 due to his cancer diagnosis, but won a city council seat in a landslide result.