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TORONTO, ONTARIO - JULY 30, 2015 - Toronto City councillor Rob Ford was in attendance for the opening of the tunnel. The tunnel to Billy Bishop City Centre Airport opened this afternoon after a morning ceremony with politicans. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 27: Mayor Rob Ford addressed the media in front of his office Wednesday afternoon. Toronto city council is meeting this week for the last time before the upcoming municipal election. Aug 27, 2014. (Marta Iwanek/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Councillor Doug Ford arrives at Humber River Regional Hospital Thursday morning to visit his brother, Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a tumor yesterday. (Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JUNE 30 - After a seven week paid leave of absence Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returns to office and delivers an speech about Greenstone and then delivering stump speech at City Hall in Toronto. June 30, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 30: Mayor Rob Ford takes questions at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the refurbishment of Brookdale Park's playground. Toronto, July 30, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 15 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at the venue. Toronto Mayoral debate on July 15, 2014, at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford participates in his first debate since returning after a stay in substance abuse rehab. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 15: Mayor Rob Ford addresses his supporters and the audience at the Toronto mayoral debate held at Global Kingdom Ministries, organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress. July 15, 2014. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 25 - Kevin Searle is called Ford or Mayor at work. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 25 - Mayor Rob Ford moves through the crowds. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- APRIL 17 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wraps up his speech as he launches his re-election campaign at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. April 17, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 24 - Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Police Inspector Randy Carter walking to stage at the Community Safety Award winners at City Hall in Toronto, April 24, 2014. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 28 - Amin Massoudi (left) who works in the Mayors office and councillor Doug Ford find a spot near the back of the room during the debate. A mayors debate was held at Presteign Woodbine United Church with Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory on July 28, 2014. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 28 - Mayor Rob Ford speaks during the debate. A mayors debate was held at Presteign Woodbine United Church with Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory on July 28, 2014. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 25: Mayor Rob Ford greets supporters. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 17: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a press conference where he highlights spending at Waterfront Toronto. The presser was held in the Member's Lounge at City Hall in Toronto. July 17, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 10 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dips his head into a chair while laughing with another councillor during council meeting at city hall, July 10, 2014. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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By ROB GILLIES

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday.

Dr. Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor.

He said Ford had been suffering from stomach pains for at least three months and they had worsened in the last 24 hours.

"It became unbearable for him," he said.

Ford, 45, became an international celebrity last year after he acknowledged using crack in a "drunken stupor" following months of denials. The mayor returned to work in June after a rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse and is running for re-election on Oct. 27.

Devlin said they need to determine what type of tumor it is by doing a biopsy. He said he could not say how long Ford will be in the hospital.

Devlin said the CT scan is "very definitive for the tumor" but a "definitive diagnosis" is still to come.

The Toronto Sun reported that Ford was hospitalized in 2009 for a tumor on his appendix, leading to its removal along with part of his colon. Doug Ford Sr., the mayor's farther, died of colon cancer in 2006.

Councilor Doug Ford, the mayor's brother and campaign manager, said Rob is in good spirits.

Doug Ford sidestepped questions about the mayoral race, saying he would speak about the campaign on Thursday. Although campaigning has been underway for months, the official deadline for candidates to sign up is Friday. That leaves time for Doug Ford, a city councilor, to step in for his brother, a possibility some have long speculated about.

Doug deflected a question about Rob's previous health issues.

Doug said Rob complained of stomach pain while he had breakfast with Rob.

"He said his stomach was bothering him. He went to the doctor's and the doctor sent him over to Humber," Doug Ford said.

Dennis Morris, Ford's lawyer and a family friend, said he spoke to the mayor on Tuesday and he didn't mention any abdominal pain. Ford appeared well during a debate on Tuesday night.

The mayor has steadfastly refused to step down since reports emerged of a video of him smoking crack.

Olivia Chow, who is running to replace Ford, tweeted that her thoughts and hopes are with Ford and his family for good news in the days ahead. John Tory, considered the front runner in the race, wished Ford a speedy recovery.

"My thoughts are with Mayor Ford, Renata, their children and the entire Ford family this evening," Tory said in a statement.

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