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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.”

Four years later, he apologized.
Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press

Four years later, he apologized.

2. And in March 2008 he made comments about "Oriental people slowly taking over" and that they "work like dogs."

Darren Calabrese / The Canadian Press

3. When he won the mayoral election in October 2010. It was the first of many surprises for Torontonians who had underestimated his appeal.

Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS

4. That time Marg Delahunty — aka CBC comedian Mary Walsh — ambushed Ford at his home and he freaked out and called the cops.

5. That time he fell while tossing around a football in front of city hall. And while some saw it as a fumble, Ford laughed it off.

CityNews

6. When he walked face-first into a news camera.

CBC / Via deadspin.com

7. When Gawker broke the story that they'd seen a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine in May 2013.

He denied it, saying he couldn't comment on a video that he hasn't seen "or doesn't exist."
Gawker / Via gawker.com

He denied it, saying he couldn't comment on a video that he hasn't seen "or doesn't exist."

8. Then there was that time he beat Hulk Hogan in an arm wrestling match.

YouTube / Via youtu.be

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

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."
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."

10. That same month, the Toronto Star released this video showing Ford "gesturing wildly, ranting gibberish and pledging to 'kill that f---ing guy … first-degree murder.'"

The Toronto Star

11. Then city council voted to strip Ford of all the powers they could, transferring them to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

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12. And then he mimed drunk driving at a councillor during one of those sessions.

Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS

13. When he said this about his sex life on live television.

Mark Blinch / Reuters // BuzzFeed Canada

14. And somewhere in the middle of all that he also managed to knock over a fellow council member.

CBC

15. Then he made bobbleheads of himself and they sold like hot cakes.

The Canadian Press
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16. When a strange video surfaced showing an incoherent Ford speaking slurred Patois at a Toronto diner.

Ho / THE CANADIAN PRESS

17. When, in a moment of joyous levity, he danced to reggae music in the council chamber.

AP / Via youtube.com

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. http://t.co/vyImX3GlKI

Ford also refused to attend Pride festivities throughout his term.

19. When he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and the host lovingly dabbed his forehead.

The Canadian Press/ABC

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.

He spent two months at a facility north of Toronto.
Gawker.com / THE CANADIAN PRESS

He spent two months at a facility north of Toronto.

21. That time he went on a Timmies coffee run with Deadmau5.

Deadmau5 / Via youtube.com

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.

Chris Young / The Canadian Press

23. When Ford resumed his old job as a councillor for Etobicoke and wore some memorable tracksuits to work to stay comfy as he continued his cancer treatment.

Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS

24. When he underwent chemotherapy and surgery before succumbing to the cancer on March 22, 2016.

Ho / The Canadian Press

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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