Attorney David Aylor in 2013. File photo | Credit: Charleston City Paper.

Well-known Charleston defense attorney David Aylor died of an accidental drug overdose on Jan. 2, according to a statement released today by Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal.

“Mr. Aylor died in his home on January 2, 2023,” the short statement said. “The cause of death was determined to be: Mixed Drug Toxicity (fentanyl, diazepam, clonazepam and ethanol). The manner of death is accident.”

Aylor was found in his Charleston home on Lowndes Pointe Drive by a roommate, O’Neal said last month. No foul play was suspected at the time.

Aylor received a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston four years earlier. He began practicing law in the Lowcountry and Grand Strand in 2007, according to his business biography.

Soon after Aylor’s death, his law firm offered a statement on its website:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our firm’s leader and namesake, David Aylor. David started this firm 14 years ago as a sole practitioner in shared office space and grew it into the successful 22-person firm it is today.

“David was known for his generous and helpful spirit. He cared deeply for his employees and clients. He treated us all like family. David’s legacy of grit, hard work, and community focus remains and will continue to guide us.”

The statement included language that the firm had a “strong succession plan” and would continue. In recent days, however, the firm has communicated that it was winding down operations.

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