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.
- Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dead at 46
- Rob Ford mourned online by politicians and citizens across Canada
- A timeline of Rob Ford's health troubles
Here's a look at what the international media are saying.
In the Los Angeles Times' obituary, Ford was deemed "an unwitting superstar."
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, whose career crashed in a drug-driven debacle, dies at age 46 after fighting cancer https://t.co/2O34qBG0QX— @latimes
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after battle with cancer https://t.co/d9dfe76UAu— @washingtonpost
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.
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.
Condolences to the family and fans of @TorontoRobFord - an unforgettable guy who loved his job and city like few men I've met.— @jimmykimmel
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.
Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dies aged 46 https://t.co/H06g0oBFLd— @guardian
L’ancien maire de Toronto, Rob Ford, est mort https://t.co/FyTlzeJi0i— @lemondefr
The death even made its way into some Asian media outlets.
Breaking: Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dies after struggling with cancer https://t.co/QNJLu2riTf— @WSJAsia