On Thursday, Doug Ford published a tweet paying tribute to his late brother Rob for what would have been his 51st birthday.
“Thinking of my brother today. It would have been his 51st birthday. He was committed to serving the people of Toronto. There will never be another politician like him. I can’t wait to see you dancing again brother. Happy Birthday Rob,” the post reads.
From 2010 to 2014, Rob Ford served as the 64th Mayor of Toronto while Doug was the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North.
The two were born in Etobicoke, Ontario. Doug was the second of four children and Rob was the youngest.
Rob’s political career had its fair share of controversies, and he struggled with alcohol and drug addiction which was heavily reported in the media.
Rob revealed on October 28, 2015 that he had an abdominal tumour and announced the next day that it was cancerous.
A “get well soon” website was created by the Ford family so that positive messages could be sent to Rob while he was receiving cancer treatment. The website saw over 5,000 messages wishing Rob well in the first two weeks. It was later confirmed that Rob was placed in palliative care at Mount Sinai Hospital on March 21, 2016.
Sadly, he passed away on March 22, 2016 at the age of 46.