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Funeral to be held for infamous ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford

  • An honor guard stands by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's casket at city hall on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Toronto. Ford died of cancer at the age of 46. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    An honor guard stands by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's casket at city hall on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Toronto. Ford died of cancer at the age of 46. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's casket lies in repose at city hall on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Toronto. Ford died of cancer on March 22. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's casket lies in repose at city hall on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Toronto. Ford died of cancer on March 22. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Doug Ford, second from left, brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, and nephew Mike Ford, right, greet well wishers at city hall on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Toronto. Rob Ford died of cancer on March 22. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Doug Ford, second from left, brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, and nephew Mike Ford, right, greet well wishers at city hall on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Toronto. Rob Ford died of cancer on March 22. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Mourners will pay their final respects to infamous ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford whose funeral takes place on Wednesday.

Ford died last week at age 46 after fighting cancer. Ford's tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. As he sought a second term as mayor in 2014, Ford was diagnosed with a rare cancer just two months before the election date. It forced him to do what months of scandals could not — drop his bid for re-election.

A procession Wednesday morning will start from City Hall and end with a funeral at St. James Cathedral. After the noon service, Ford's family will leave for a private ceremony. A public celebration of Ford's life is planned for the evening.