Rob Ford's death makes headlines around the world

Media outlets around the world are reacting to the death of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. He died this morning after battling cancer since 2014. News of his death has made headlines in the United States and as far away as China.

From the New York Times to the BBC, here's what international media is saying

Media outlets around the world are reacting to the death of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who died this morning after battling cancer since 2014.

The news of his death is making world headlines — from the major news networks and gossip sites in the United States to media outlets in China.

Here's a look at what the international media are saying.

United States

In the Los Angeles Times' obituary, Ford was deemed "an unwitting superstar."

Several U.S. celebrity news and gossip sites wrote tributes as well.

The outlets helped propel Ford to international celebrity status when news of his drug and alcohol use in office first broke.

Celebrity news outlet TMZ weighed in too. (TMZ)

Even late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel offered condolences. In 2014, Ford made a memorable appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, when the comedian ridiculed him and ended the interview suggesting he get personal help.


Ford's death made headlines on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The news played just below coverage of the deadly attacks in Belgium.


The death even made its way into some Asian media outlets.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.