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No, We’re Not Making This Up: Mask Lewis’ Sister Says Partners Stole His Ashes, Gave Them Away at Memorial

(He’ll be with them, always.)

You know you’re dealing with a messed up situation when even the hardened gossip mavens at death-body-skyscrape-punkass-vials-ashes-remains-funeral-memorial-service/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>TMZ deploy the phrase, “Here’s where things get CRAZY.” Frankly, we’re not even sure how to adequately put this into words, but here goes: The sister of deceased Tapout founder Charles “Mask” Lewis has filed a lawsuit in California accusing his partners in the MMA apparel company of stealing and illegally distributing her brother’s ashes as party favors during his 2009 memorial service. She further charges that the partners – Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Tim “SkySkrape” Katz – still have the urn containing Lewis’ ashes and refuse to give it back, according to the report from TMZ.

Lewis was killed by a drunk driver during a street race in Newport Beach, Calif., in March, 2009. A month after his death Caldwell and Katz – who reportedly co-founded the company with Lewis in 1997 – organized a large memorial for him at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., which was attended by a host of MMA luminaries. It is unclear from the TMZ report if this is the service referenced in the lawsuit. More of the macabre details after the jump.

According to TMZ, Mask’s sister Carla (identified only by her first name in the story) retained “executive power” over his remains and ordered him cremated shortly after his death. Then, according to the report: “Carla claims she was approached by the co-founders of TapouT — men calling themselves Skyscrape and Punkass — who wanted to “borrow” Mask’s ashes and urn for a public memorial service … Carla says when she arrived to the memorial service, she noticed “various booths and tables” set up around the cathedral … one of which contained, “a large shoebox-size box containing several miniature vials that were on display.”

Carla says the vendor informed her, “each of the vials contained a small amount of the cremated remains of Mask, and were reserved for, and to be given to, ‘special people’ whose names were on a printed list.”

The sister believes between 50 and 100 vials of her brother’s ashes were distributed, according to TMZ. Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and cites “overwhelming and severe emotional distress.” No comment yet from Caldwell or Katz, who in September, 2010 sold Tapout to the Toronto-based Authentic Brands Group, which also acquired Silver Star and Hitman Fight Gear at that time. Both men remain active with the company.

In February of this year, 53-year-old Jeffrey David Kirby was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the race and ensuing accident that killed Lewis.

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DARKHORSE06- May 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm
All three of these guys are dipshits. I wish Skyskrape and died the most though since he seems to bring nothing to the table.
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danomite- May 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm
I don't know why they just didn't put his ashes in a Folger's can and dump them over the Pacific ocean like a normal person.
djp1988- May 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm
A couple of things:
- No one has heard of this crazy ash giveaway pre lawsuit.
- Ashes cannot be found on e-bay.
- Pics or it didn't happen.

Break out your brooms, people. I formally call SHENANIGANS!
intercept440- May 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm
lyoto-kun has his ashes...he spikes his piss with it to give him extra chi
LOKI- May 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm
@nickyroose-:(forever alone...
nickyroose- May 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm
@italia not more intellectual more nerd. Babylon 5 son, Babylon 5.
noname- May 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm
I seem to remember an interview with a fighter who talked about having a vial of Mask's ashes on a necklace. I can't find the video through Google so I could have just made that up.
italia furia- May 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm
@ LOKI

I can't even pretend to know what Vorlon is...but if it can make me look more intellectual, hey man, I'm for it :)
Uppercut Magnet- May 11, 2011 at 11:48 am
Wat?
LOKI- May 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
italia furia Says:3 sides to the story…her side, their side, and the TRUTH


Motherfucker did you just quote an anchient Vorlon proverb?!
RSparrow- May 11, 2011 at 11:24 am
"The Mask" bath salts at a smokeshop near you.
MKO- May 11, 2011 at 11:23 am
I always love lawsuits like this. I can all but guarantee this case was either taken by a hack lawyer or an attorney who convinced her she would be better at an hourly rate than contingency. There is so, so little money to be made here.
Viva Hate- May 11, 2011 at 11:19 am
I hate to call shenanigans but not only has she waited way too long to file but i checked eBay, Amazon, if you can't find any being sold on them then it isn't true.
ExpectJesusBro- May 11, 2011 at 11:17 am
Wow. People are strange. And why the heck does "punkass" cover his eyes with his bandana? Is he about to rob a liquor store?
Lopes- May 11, 2011 at 11:14 am
You would think that guys who call themselves "Punkass" and Skyscrape" would be mature and reputable young men.
Spicymeatball- May 11, 2011 at 11:12 am
I have a hard time taking anybody seriously who name themselves Skyskrape (he spelled it wrong so badass!) and Punkass. They dress like toolbags too.
Titos Head- May 11, 2011 at 10:50 am
@ Fried....LMAO...Smokin ya hommie!
RwilsonR- May 11, 2011 at 10:44 am
@ Fred - and Punkass probably tattooed his vial of ashes onto that bill on his forearm.
RwilsonR- May 11, 2011 at 10:41 am
I'm always curious why this lawsuit wasn't filed right after this event supposedly happened. Not entirely doubting her story, but if someone wronged me, I don't know if I'd sit on it for two years, then complain.
Fried Taco- May 11, 2011 at 10:39 am
Too late to recover all the ashes handed out, Joe Rogan and the Diaz brothers already smoked theirs!
italia furia- May 11, 2011 at 10:36 am
3 sides to the story...her side, their side, and the TRUTH
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