According to TMZ, an ambulance was dispatched to Garner’s house in Los Angeles around 8 o’clock PM. By the time the paramedics arrived, Garner was reportedly dead at the scene.
The cause of death has not been determined, although Garner had his share of health problems in recent years, including a minor stroke in 2008.
The legendary actor was well known for his roles on television as Bret Maverick in the Western action/comedy series Maverick and as Jim Rockford in the 70’s crime drama The Rockford Files. He also starred as Jim Egan in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules after the death of star John Ritter during the show’s second season.
Garner found major success on the big screen, starring in over 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Hour of the Gun (1967), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Victor Victoria (1982), My Fellow Americans (1996) and The Notebook (2004). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Murphy’s Romance (1985) and starred the film adaption of Maverick (1994) starring Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick.
In addition to a successful film and television career, Garner had the privilege of working alongside some of Hollywood’s legendary actors such as Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Doris Day, Dick Van Dyke, Sally Field, Eva Marie Saint, Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Andrews, Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemmon, and Gena Rowlands.
Update: According to various media sources, Garner died of natural causes.