TALLAHASSEE (970 WFLA) -- Former Florida Governor Reubin Askew has died at the age of 85. 

A former aide says he died surrounded by family members at a Tallahassee hospital, a day after suffering a stroke. 

Askew served eight years as governor, after emerging as the surprise winner in a Democratic primary and defeating Florida's first modern Republican governor, Claude Kirk. He became known for defending school busing for desegregation, and undermining efforts to make it a political issue in the early 1970s. 

He also established a corporate income tax in Florida, which current governor Rick Scott has been campaigning to abolish. 

Before becoming governor, Askew served in the Legislature, where he campaigned for Florida's sunshine law. 

Askew served in the Carter administration, and ran for president in 1984, but his pro-life stance caused him problems with Democratic voters in many states, even though Florida Democrats tilted the primary process to give him an advantage. 

Askew's death leaves Bob Graham as the last living Democrat to have been elected governor of Florida.