Notorious Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was hospitalized for a suspected tumor Wednesday, the Toronto Sun reported. Ford went to Huber River Hospital due to "abdominal pains that have persisted for at least three months and have become worse in the last 24 hours,” said statement released by Dr. Rueben Devlin, the hospital's president and CEO.
"Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor," the hospital said, in the statement issued after 6 p.m. EDT. “The Mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis."
His brother Coun. Doug Ford and Devlin will hold a news conference at 7:20 p.m. EDT from the hospital, CBC reported.
It’s not the first time health issues sent the troubled mayor to the hospital. As recently as July, Ford headed to the hospital for what was described as a toe injury, CBC wrote. In 2012, he received treatment after a throat problem aggravated his asthma. He was also hospitalized in February 2011 for kidney stones, the Toronto Sun wrote.
Ford, 45, is running for re-election. Though he attended Tuesday’s mayoral debate, he was absent from City Hall Wednesday, the Toronto Sun said. In November, Ford admitted to using crack cocaine after denying it for more than a year. He went to a rehabilitation center for two months earlier in the year. The mayor claims to have stopped using drugs and alcohol and is “healthy as a horse,” CBC wrote.
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