Rob Ford, the bullish former Toronto mayor who became a notorious pop culture figure after he was filmed smoking crack while in office, has passed away after an 18-month cancer battle. He was 46 years old.
“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband and father,” his family said in a statement. “A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”
Ford’s legacy as a mayor is complicated, which is a polite way of saying it was mired in scandal. While Ford was admired for his tough talk, brash style and no nonsense attitude towards spending, he became an international punchline after Gawker published rumors a video of him smoking crack. He denied it at first but finally confessed after Toronto police tracked the video. However, he refused to resign his position. The leaked video was joined by other, let’s say, unfortunate footage, including shots of him ranting about murder, using offensive language and just generally being an unpleasant person.
In recent months, the former mayor’s battle with a rare form of cancer known as liposarcoma was made public. His health declined severely in recent days, and he passed away Tuesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Twitter, saying Ford “fought cancer with courage and determination.”
Rob Ford fought cancer with courage and determination. My condolences and best wishes to the Ford family today.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 22, 2016
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
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