Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, known for crack cocaine use, withdraws from race

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TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained international notoriety for his addiction and rehab stints,  is withdrawing from the mayor’s race, a city official said Friday.

Ford’s brother will run in his place, a city clerk in Toronto said.

The news comes after Ford was transferred to another hospital Thursday for further tests on an abdominal tumor.

No further update has been provided on his condition a day after an examination resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor. Health officials say a CT scan is “very definitive for the tumor” but a “definitive diagnosis” is still to come.

Ford became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor” following months of denials. He returned to work in June after a rehab stint and is running for re-election on Oct. 27.

A biopsy will determine the type of tumor. Ford previously had abdominal surgery to remove a tumor on his appendix.

Doug Ford Sr., Ford’s father, died of colon cancer in 2006.

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