Crack smoking and outspoken Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dropped his bid for reelection, the Globe and Mail reported on Friday.
Campaign spokesperson Jeff Silverstein appeared at Toronto’s City Hall an hour before the deadline for candidates to commit their names to the ballot and withdrew Ford’s name, according to the report.
At the same time, the spokesperson reportedly held forms to nominate the mayor’s brother, Doug Ford, though it was not clear whether he filed them along with the withdrawal papers.
Silverstein also withdrew Ford’s nephew from a councilman race. He told reporters that the mayor’s office would release a statement later on Friday.
“The mayor is doing well,” he added.
On Wednesday night, Ford was hospitalized after abdominal pains led to a working diagnosis of a tumor by doctors.
This post has been updated.