Rob Ford withdraws from Toronto mayoral race

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will no longer seek re-election in October’s mayoral race, a city clerk announced today. Instead, his brother, City Councilor Doug Ford, will take his place.

Ford’s withdrawal comes two days after the mayor was hospitalized with what was later found to be an abdominal tumor. A full diagnosis awaits the results of a biopsy which, the AP reports, is a week away.

Ford hit the spotlight in October 2013 after video evidence was found of the mayor smoking crack cocaine. After repeated denials, Ford later admitted he had smoked “while in a drunken stupor.”