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TapouT Releases Official Statement on Death of Co-Founder Charles Lewis, aka “Mask”

TapouT has released an official statement after losing their co-founder and friend, Charles Lewis, better known as "Mask."  Here it is, via their official website:

"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we must regretfully confirm the passing of our beloved friend, brother and co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis following a car accident that occurred last night. We are currently in the process of setting up a memorial service in his honor and will release more details as they become available. Many thanks to all for the outpouring of blessings and well-wishing during this incredibly difficult time." – The TapouT Family

Once again, our condolences to his family and friends.  Today MMA has lost a valued advocate and a patron.  He will be missed.

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Anonymous- April 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm
Piss on Europe, we should have finished you off when we had the chance !
Martin is probable also Gay I suspect, So you can blow me asshole !

Smiley- April 2, 2009 at 7:13 pm
Mask did a lot for the sport of MMA...I pray for comfort for his family & friends. I can't imagine how they feel!
sagitaria- April 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm
This isn't the time nor place for such comments but I'm confident that the feeling is mutual on this side of the globe for the likes of you. Are you aware you contradict yourself in your statement? Perhaps if you were a thinker that wouldn't be the case. Grief and loss of a loved one is painful regardless of who or where one is from, it is universal.
MMA Rocks!- April 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm
Charles "Mask" Lewis was a great man, friend, and true innovator, supporter, and contributor to the sport of MMA. As someone else said, the sport lost someone great, and it won't be the same without him around. But rest assured, his legacy will live on, and TapouT will continue to find, support and promote up-and-coming MMA hopefuls. I can still hear him saying "Cowboy, Cowboy!!" My condolences to all who knew him.
AmmoniaBinge- April 1, 2009 at 8:12 pm
As much as I LOVE this sport, "Mask" was an awesome contributor. He was a Jackass and a Great promoter.MMA and the world will miss him because of his ridiculousness.He didn't give a sh*t bout the idea that he looked like a crossover from the fruitlessness Pride.The most important thing was to bring that cornfed jackwad
from No Where up to National permanence...Hated your face but LOVED what you brought to the rest of us...RIP Dude...Cheech
willy D- April 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm
to the cock suckers who would dis a dead man, there is a place in hell for u, the man tried helping touch young fighters with 40 plus years expierience on life.
tom- March 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm
no you fag first off brother-brother in law the same fag boy seconde not protecting anyone i just have respect unlike you third fagboy i dont take steroids we can get in the ring anytime you want fagboy you can find out who i really am your the one talking about getting guys in the ass and whacking meat fagboy maybe you and your brother ( o brother in law )sorry fagboy get the dead guys in the ass together retarded fagboys
Anonymous- March 16, 2009 at 11:49 am
asshole brother brother n law the same fag boy your the one talking about getting guys in the ass fag get a life fag boy piece of shit
lookwithin- March 16, 2009 at 7:48 am
The important thing, I think, isn't that Mask died. We all will die. It's the fact that he had a dream. He spent his life pursuing his dream with a passion that should inspire us all, those of us within the MMA world, and those without. If more of us pursued our dreams instead of settling for our present situation, I guaranty that there would be a lot more positivity in our world than now exists. Mask may have died, but while he was here, he truly lived.
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Sorry. I meant "you would speed"
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm
Never met him, couldn't tell you what he was like, one way or the other, like most of you. The face paint and get-up. It's called branding yourself, which is very smart and helped catapult him and his business. How many of you can actually sit on here and say "how stupid he was for speeding" knowing full well if you were in a car like that on a long stretch of road at 1:00 am you wouldn't speed. Bottom line is this; speculating on him as a person is just plain stupid. The man deserves credit for being an intelligent business man and marketer. His death, very unfortunate. If somebody you love dies, it will suck for you, regardless of HOW they die!!
Bootylam!- March 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Look, I really couldn't give a shit one way or another about Mask, but it is sad. He did die doing something completely stupid and illegal, all while putting innocent people in danger to prove that " My car fast!", so don't go overboard about what a great guy he was. Also, PLEASE stop with all the "ban these people" just because we don't agree with what you think are appropriate comments, it's called freedom of speech. Maybe some people don't have much sympathy for some rich ass who died doing something stupid when there are people dying every day due to abuse, cancer, AIDS, murder, lack of health insurance, etc. Also also, stop with the USA bashing. It cracks me up how people dislike the US except when it comes to our movies, celebs, music, clothes, food, technology, freedom, women, higher education, websites, ability to send help around the world when needed, etc. America... FUCK YEAH!
ztb- March 14, 2009 at 9:05 pm
hey, you big meany.... i like the village people
skull- March 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm
tom: What, are you ztb's big brother, gonna rush in and protect him? You idiot. Are you running around in some wanna be TapOut getup? Let me guess.... you wear an Apache head dress and a loin cloth, like your hero in that old band Village People, right? Worthless scum, go back to taking steroids, so you can be 140 lbs instead of your normal bodyweight of 120.
Annonymous: Learn how to read, dimwit. I said my brother in law. And, I was just trying to be nice to all the retarded Mask fans, by letting them stuff their sausages into their idol. So much for trying to be nice. I will tell my brother in law to NOT let any of you in. You can just whack your meat onto a picture of the screwball. So there.
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm
skull you say your brother has a key to the morgue you must use it alot because sounds to me you no all about cornholeing you fag
tom- March 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm
skull your a stupid ass to moron im doubtful that you ever seen them maybe we can run into eachother so you can try and pound my face into mush but very doubtful
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm
truth2pwr you most not have any respect the man just died. he made a millon dollar company and made himself famous what have you done are you famous do you have a millon dollar company i dont think so sounds to me your just a jealous piece of shit maybe you will run into junie browning and he an kick your ass like you were in a car accident so do us all a favor you jealous piece of shit stop breathing your wasting all the good air asshole.
skull- March 13, 2009 at 6:44 am
bad mofo, ztb...... The fact that you adore and worship that idiot Mask is comical. Did he even know who you were? Doubtful. Will you morons remember his name in a week? Doubtful. I was one of the last people to see the dope alive, and I don't care, so why should you? There are infinitely more impressive and valuable people dying every day, so why aren't you crying for them, and defending THEIR memories? You two faced, simpleton hypocrites. I hate you. I would like to pound your faces into mush.
NEW WORLD ORDER- March 13, 2009 at 2:53 am

I've witnessed you from a far and found you to be an interesting Earthling. The unconscious Ego is relentless in its destruction and gets the better of every man that doesn't try to battle it. You have given a lot of positive energy to many young humans and for that, you will not be judged for the final 30 seconds of your time here on earth...

ztb- March 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm time you are at your moms house, would you get my slippers back? should be under the bed
bad mofo- March 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm
skull get a life homo and have some respect for the dead even if you didnt like the man grow up.
bad mofo- March 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm
rip lost but not forgotten !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"BIG" MATT SPENCE- March 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm
A human life remains of consequence not because of what we leave behind, but because we act and ispire others to action, inspiration and enjoyment!!!!!

Martin - March 12, 2009 at 11:50 am
ask people at ....Savege knows that already...
and you think you live in the land of the free, bullshit, lots of stupid rules.
We do think people in the states are stupid, look you vote 4 times for a stupid Bush jr and Bush to president
Anonymous- March 12, 2009 at 11:32 am
I had always imagined the tapout crew dying together in a coke-fueled "its not gay if they're your bros" type of sex frenzy.