TORONTO (AP) – Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor,” is believed to have a tumour in his abdomen, health officials said.
Dr Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Wednesday night that Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumour.
He said Ford had been suffering from stomach pains for at least three months and they had worsened in the last 24 hours.
“It became unbearable for him,” he said.
Ford, 45, acknowledged using crack following months of denials. The mayor returned to work in June after a rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse and is running for re-election on Oct 27.
Devlin said they need to determine what type of tumour it is by doing a biopsy. He said he could not say how long Ford will be in the hospital.