(Mike Ferguson/Photo by James Moore - Twitter)

Mike Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada, has passed away today at age 60, surrounded by family in Ottawa.

Official reports confirm that Ferguson had been undergoing treatment for cancer since last November, which were ultimately unsuccessful.

“Mr. Ferguson will be remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him as a humble, compassionate and thoughtful man,” reads a report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

“He cared deeply about conducting audits that brought value to the public service, always for the greater good of Canadians.”

Ferguson has been Canada’s Auditor General since 2011, and had previously held several roles in the Government of New Brunswick, including five years as Comptroller and five years as Auditor General of New Brunswick.

His term as federal Auditor General was due to end in 2021.

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