Rob Ford

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who made headlines for his crack cocaine addiction, has passed away, after losing his battle with a rare form of cancer, reports USA Today.

He was just 46 years of age.

“A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto,” Ford’s family said in a statement. “The family asks that you respect their privacy and join them in their grieving and their prayers.” According to the release, Ford’s family “will not” be making additional statements to the press or taking questions.

Ford became a popular figure in Canadian politics back in 2013, after admitting to using crack cocaine … which propelled him into the mainstream.

Just two months ahead of a mayoral election, in which he wwould run for a second term in 2014, Ford was diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma.