A statement released by the family of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford reports that Ford is currently in the hospital battling cancer. Ford’s family sent out the release shortly after a false rumor circulated on Reddit that Ford was dead.

Ford has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat tumors on his bladder for some time. The 46-year-old, currently a Toronto councillor, was initially diagnosed with diagnosed with a kind of cancer that grows in fat cells called liposarcoma, and announced last October that he had a growth on his bladder.

Ford’s bizarre and storied career in Canadian business and politics involved a crack-smoking scandal, drunken wandering through his city’s streets, and dancing gleefully through a city council meeting. If this isn’t a good way to leave your legacy, then I don’t know what is.