James Garner

Cause of Death

Fatal Heart Attack

7/29/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A massive heart attack killed actor James Garner.

According to the death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- Garner died from acute myocardial infarction.

"The Rockford Files" star died July 19 at his Los Angeles home.

The death certificate says Garner -- who also starred in "The Notebook" -- suffered from coronary artery disease.

Garner was one of the first stars to become mega-successful on both TV and in the movies.  Among his many achievements ... "Maverick" -- a massive TV hit from 1957 - 1962.  He co-starred with Mel Gibson in the big screen version in '94.