In 2013, the Star revealed that Ford had attended a military ball intoxicated and then that a cellphone video apparently showed him smoking crack.
That bombshell triggered months of controversy and worldwide headlines as Ford angrily denied, and then finally admitted, abusing drugs and alcohol. Council stripped him of most of his powers.
He emerged from rehab apologetic but eager to put the past behind him and win re-election. His legion of diehard "Ford Nation" supporters seemed ready to give him another chance.
Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dead after battle with cancer
[David Rider and Jennifer Pagliaro/Toronto Star]
(Image: Rob Ford in David Pecaut Square
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