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Rob Ford on Tumor Diagnosis: 'It's Not Good. I Guess the Good Lord Wants Me Somewhere Else'

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 06:12 AM

"I guess the good Lord wants me somewhere else," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said after hearing the preliminary diagnosis from his abdominal tumor.

Reuters reported the mayor as saying in a weekend newspaper interview, "It's not good."

Ford, a larger-than-life figure who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized earlier in the week after having unbearable abdominal pains.

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In a dramatic turn of events, Ford dropped his bid for re-election minutes ahead of a Friday deadline, replaced by his brother and campaign manager Doug Ford. The mayor will instead run for a safe city council seat.

In an interview on Saturday in the Toronto Sun newspaper, Ford said he was "shocked" and "devastated," and had to quit the race to focus on his health.

The 45-year-old mayor remains in the hospital where he is undergoing a battery of tests, with biopsy results expected next week. He also said he is preparing for surgery and treatment that may keep him bedridden for weeks.

The Fords' politician father, Doug Ford Sr., died of colon cancer less than three months after being diagnosed in 2006.

In 2009, doctors removed a tumour from Rob Ford's appendix, and the then-city councilor returned to work in good health.

In May and June, the mayor underwent rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. He emerged noticeably thinner though still obese. Ford said he regretted not getting treatment "years ago" to treat his alcohol addiction.

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"I guess the good Lord wants me somewhere else," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said after hearing the preliminary diagnosis from his abdominal tumor. "It's not good."
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