TORONTO β€” Politicians of all stripes expressed condolences Monday after the husband of a former Ontario cabinet minister was found dead.

George Smitherman broke the grim news on Twitter, saying police had confirmed the death of his husband Christopher Peloso.

A statement issued by Toronto police gave no further details, only that he had been found Monday.

"We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind," Smitherman said.

Messages of grief and sympathy were pouring in from political circles, including from one of Smitherman's former political rivals.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who ran against Smitherman and won in October 2010, released a statement expressing his condolences.

"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Mr. Christopher Peloso, husband to Mr. George Smitherman, and loving father," said Ford's statement.

"I would ask all Torontonians to extend their condolences to the family during this difficult time."

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who knew Peloso as well as Smitherman, said it was a "very, very sad day'' for both men's families.

Her voice breaking, she described Peloso as a "kind, gentle, loving man" who would be "hugely missed."

Others voiced their sorrow on Twitter.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend (at)G_Smitherman and his two wonderful children on their loss," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird wrote.

"Heartbroken to hear the sad news about Christopher Peloso. All my thoughts are with George and his family in this difficult time," wrote Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair tweeted that he was "deeply sorry" for Smitherman's loss.

Peloso was last seen around 11 a.m. Sunday in west-end Toronto (in the Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area).

The 40-year-old, who married Smitherman in 2007, also went missing in September and was found by a police dog two days later in a wooded area near train tracks.

Smitherman served as Ontario's deputy premier, health minister and energy minister before he stepped down to run for Toronto mayor in 2010.

Peloso is survived by Smitherman, their two children and a child from a previous marriage.

Statement from George Smitherman:

Toronto Police just confirmed that my darling Christopher Peloso has been found dead.

We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind.

A son and brother, a husband and father of 3 he will always be remembered for his dedication to others.

We have been greatly aided by the compassion of the Toronto Police service and we will find strength going forward from the legions of people in our extended family who loved him so.

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  • George Smitherman (left), MPP Toronto Centre - Rosedale spends time with his soon to be husband Christopher Peloso. They will be married in Elliot Lake, the first weekend of August. Seen in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Ryan Carter / The Globe and Mail

  • George Smitherman (left), MPP Toronto Centre - Rosedale spends time with his soon to be husband Christopher Peloso. They will be married in Elliot Lake, the first weekend of August. Seen in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Ryan Carter / The Globe and Mail

  • Toronto, November 09 2009 George Smitherman (L), former Ontario deputy premier and minister of energy and infrastructure and his husband Christopher Peloso (R) leave Queen's Park after a press conference where he announced he will run next year for mayor of Toronto, a city he says is –in desperate need of strong leadership.” Photo by: Fernando Morales/the Globe and Mail

  • George Smitherman, left, and his partner Christopher Peloso, right, wave as they leave Queens's Park after Smitherman confirmed that he will resign as Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure to offically run for mayor of Toronto on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

  • George Smitherman, left, and his partner Christopher Peloso, right, leave Queens's Park after Smitherman confirmed that he will resign as Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure to offically run for mayor of Toronto on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

  • George Smitherman, left, kisses his husband Christopher Peloso following his concession speech during his post-election party in downtown Toronto Monday, October 25, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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