Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in hospital with suspected tumor

Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:09pm EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, running a tightly contested race for re-election in October, was admitted to hospital with a suspected tumor on Wednesday.

Ford, who gained international notoriety after a well-publicized battle with addiction, went to a Toronto hospital, complaining of abdominal pains that had lasted three months and worsened over the past day, Humber River hospital said in a statement.

"Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor," said Dr. Rueben Devlin, the hospital's president. "The mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis."

Ford became famous globally after admitting in November that he had smoked crack while in a "drunken stupor." He entered a rehabilitation facility in May. Throughout the ensuing controversy, he said he would stand for re-election and has campaigned energetically.

The mayor, who came to power pledging to cut waste at city hall and keep a lid on taxes, has a core base of suburban support. An Aug. 28 poll showed Ford gaining ground over challengers.

(Writing by Amran Abocar)