Mandela will be missed, Rob Ford says

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford comments on the death of Nelson Mandela Thursday December 5, 2013. (Veronica...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford comments on the death of Nelson Mandela Thursday December 5, 2013. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Mayor Rob Ford hailed Nelson Mandela as a “true man” who will be missed by the world.

When news of Mandela’s death reached Toronto City Hall on Thursday, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly paused the executive committee meeting to announce the passing of the former South African leader and asked everyone to stand for a moment of silence to mark the life of an extraordinary man.

Ford spoke to reporters about Mandela after spending most of the day avoiding media due to his ongoing crack cocaine scandal.


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