The Death of a Mayor: The Rise and Demise of Rob Ford

Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 46, after battling cancer for 18 months. Part of Ford's rise to fame came after he admitted to smoking crack while in office. This animation, which was produced in 2013, illustrates how we imagined he would leave this world.

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NSFW    Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 46, after battling cancer for 18 months. Part of Ford's rise to fame came after he admitted to smoking crack while in office. This animation, which was produced in 2013, illustrates how we imagined he would leave this world.

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The Death of a Mayor is a drama following how a popular mayor's personal troubles led to his spectacular fall from grace. Supporters of Rob Ford who have continued to stand by their mayor highlight his compassion and humanity, but that very human fallibility may well be his ultimate undoing. Will he be able to control his demons ahead of next year's mayoral elections or will he succumb to them?

Toronto mayor Rob Ford's crack scandal has routinely commanded headlines since the beginning of 2013. Through his repeated denials and eventual admission of a variety of transgressions, centering around his purchase and consumption of illegal drugs, Ford has made himself a laughing stock internationally and an embarrassment to Torontonians locally. But even with his administration falling apart and his former staffers turning on him, Ford's real friends, even those doing jail time, have yet to abandon him.

Rob Ford is more than just a witless politician with substance abuse problems. What his critics see as obvious evidence of his ineptitude, his supporters proudly hold up as proof of his humanity. Throughout this scandal, his reaction to criticism has been direct, largely free of spin and wildly entertaining.

Ford has delivered numerous surprisingly frank admissions of guilt, like his terse response, "Yes, I have" to the question of whether or not he'd bought illegal drugs in the last two years, have rarely crossed the lips of any other politicians. It's that personal quality to his speeches, his lack of any thought about how his words will be received, that supporters say make him an everyman, rather than a smooth talking, disingenuous politician. NMA's numerous satirical animations on Rob Ford, the first of which was published in mid-May, have been good for a lot of laughs. Today we take a more sober and somber look at the one outcome Rob Ford is desperately trying to avoid, but which his vices seem to be inexorably pulling him toward.
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