Toronto: Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to hospital Wednesday after initial tests uncovered the presence of a suspected tumour, doctors said.
The controversial Ford, who returned to work in June after two months in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, had been suffering abdominal pains for three months.
"Earlier today, Mayor Rob Ford attended Humber River Hospital`s Church Street Emergency Department complaining of abdominal pains that have persisted for at least three months and have become worse in the last 24 hours," hospital president Dr Rueben Devlin said.
"Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumour.
"The mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis."
Ford is seeking re-election in October despite revelations that he smoked crack while in office.
Prior to seeking help, the 45-year-old was filmed numerous times behaving erratically in public.
Toronto`s city council stripped him of most of his mayoral powers in November over his misconduct.