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24 Unforgettable Moments From Rob Ford's Life

A brief look at a memorable man.

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1. Before he was mayor, Rob Ford was already making headlines. In 2006, while serving as a city councillor, he said: "If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably.”


9. When, in November 2013, he finally admitted to smoking crack during an impromptu media scrum after months of denial.

Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press

He told reporters he had smoked crack cocaine, "probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”

He also said he hadn't been lying, just that reporters hadn't been asking the "correct questions."


18. When the city raised a rainbow Pride flag in front of city hall during the Sochi Olympics, Ford tried to have it taken down.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford unhappy with rainbow flag flying at City Hall during #Sochi2014.

Ford also refused to attend Pride festivities throughout his term.

20. When Ford shipped himself off to rehab after a second video appearing to show him using crack — this time with screencaps — was reported by Gawker.


22. When, in September 2014, doctors announced they'd found a tumour in Ford's abdomen. The diagnosis would eventually prompt him to withdraw from his mayoral reelection bid, leaving his brother Doug Ford to run instead.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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