(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety last year for admitting he smoked crack cocaine, has dropped out of the race for re-election as mayor on Friday after he was diagnosed with an abdominal tumor this week.
A city clerk told reporters that Rob Ford's nomination had been withdrawn just ahead of a deadline for ballot changes to the Oct. 27 election.
Speculation remains that Ford's elder brother, Doug Ford, could replace him on the mayoral ballot. The mayor's nephew Michael Ford also withdrew his nomination for election to city council. That may clear the way for Rob Ford to run for city council instead in that district.
(Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by Amran Abocar)