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TapouT’s Charles “Mask” Lewis Reportedly Dies in Car Accident; Driver Arrested

Charles Lewis Mask TapouT MMA
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We really hope this isn’t true, but the chatter is not good. By now it’s been confirmed. From RingleaderFightNews:

Newport Beach CA — Fox News 11 L.A. reported that a red Ferrari split in half as it slammed into a light pole in Newport Beach today, killing the driver and injuring a passenger. The accident on southbound Jamboree Road near Camelback Street occurred just before 1 a.m., according to a Newport Beach Police Department lieutenant…
The impact of the crash broke the car in half and left the front portion of the high-performance Italian sports car crushed by the light pole. "It apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed, and it left the roadway, hit the curb, took out a light pole, and … someone is deceased in the vehicle and we don’t know who that person is at this particular time," Newport Beach police Lt. Steven Shulman told ABC7 at the crash site.
 
An unnamed source has told Ringleadfightnews.com that the deceased driver was TapouT Crew member and part owner of the multi-million dollar company, “Mask.” The information could not be verified and is still speculation at this point.
 
Police Lt. Steven Shulman told Fox News 11, "the coroner will identify that person, notify the family, and hopefully the passenger that we believe was in the vehicle will survive the injuries and we will find out a little bit more at that point."
 
A second victim was taken to a hospital following the accident, a Newport Beach Fire Department dispatch supervisor said. Her condition was not immediately reported. The injured victim was a female passenger who was ejected in the crash, On Scene reported.



MyFoxLA adds the following details:

Police say the bright red Ferrari Modena was traveling at high speed next to a Porsche when it apparently hit that car, then struck a curb and knocked over a light pole shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.
 
The crash tore the $300,000 car in half. The driver died at the scene and his name has not been released. A woman passenger thrown from the car has been hospitalized but there’s no word on her condition.
 
Police have arrested the Porsche’s driver, 51-year-old Jeffrey Kirby of Costa Mesa, for investigation of gross vehicular manslaughter, and his woman passenger for investigation of public intoxication. His phone number in Costa Mesa is unlisted.

We’ve made fun of Mask and the rest of the TapouT crew in the past, mainly because their loud/arrogant/"inyaface" schtick kind of represents everything we hate about meathead MMA fans. Yet TapouT has worked harder than any other company to sustain up-and-coming fighters through sponsorships; without Charles Lewis and his equally colorful business partners, countless fighters would have succumbed to the economic hardships of trying to make it as a mixed martial artist.

To borrow one of their phrases — this is incredibly Bad for the Sport. More details to come.

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Anonymous- April 13, 2009 at 8:05 am
how the fuck could you even joke about this shit and crack puns?!
a great man has just fallen!
RIP Charles "Mask" Lewis
nick nutter- April 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm
are you honestly that stupid to ask did he survive? i just saw a picture of him on the ultimate fighter with his birth and death on spike tv and found out i was so shocked i looked it up everywhere but yes he is dead.
Anonymous- April 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Some people are incredibly ignorant. How the hell can you say somethin like that about ANYONE that has had their life taken away?!?!? That was disrespectful and unfortunately displays your pathetic character....
Mark from Knoxville TN- April 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm
From following mma since the original days of the Gracie's on ppv I watched Mask and his crew on their show. With respect to his family and friends I say sorry for your loss. He was far to young to leave you. I watched the man known as Mask help a lot of young men try to reach for a goal and in the world today not many will do this and as for his company he was very loyal to the people he surronded himself with even when everyone around was trying to streamline the products they were selling Mask stuck to his principals and made a product he was proud of. I liked that about him. My hopes and prayers are to each of you though realize that we are not promised tomorrow and search your hearts and you will know that when we leave this Earth we will meet our Maker and unless you have a relationship with Him you are seperated from Him. God loves you and wishes you to know Him so please read your Bible's and do what it say's. And love each other no matter who or where ever you are. Kindness is not a sign of weakness!
Anonymous- April 9, 2009 at 6:25 am
dude, here you are shitting on someone who just wants to prootect this guy's memory, go do some more steroids and chill out
rj5- April 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm
I never knew charles aka mask personally, but i just from wacthing tapout i could tell he was a genuine person with nothing but love in his heart. He was passionate about what he did, and what he believed in I loved his personality he was particularly compassionate with the underdawgs bro righteous man it's not alot of people around like him he wasn't afraid to be himself.
Anonymous- April 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm
god bless charles and his family
roadman- April 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm
This is such a lost. He did so much for MMA, he touched many people lives including mine. What a charter for sure. He will be missed by all. My love and prayers are with his family at such a tragic time. We'll miss you bro. I don't have a tapout t-shirt, but I will have one now. Peace be with him and everyone that trully loves him.
I AM MR.MOM- April 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm
UFC FAN. MR.MOM SAYS EAT SHIT AND ROTT FROM THE INSIDE OUT. U MUST BE A CHILD IF NOT ITS TIME TO GROW UP.
I AM MR.MOM- April 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm
MASK WAS MORE THAN SUPERMAN,HULK HOGAN AND ANY OTHER SUPER HERO HE WAS REAL. HE CLIMBED FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP AND HELPED OTHERS ACHIEVE THERE GOALS. I DREAMED OF MABY BEING PART OF THE TAPOUT FAMILY SOMEDAY AND WITH THIS SENSLESS TRAGIDY ALL I CAN DO IS "SIMPLY BELIEVE" RIP AND GODBLESS U ALL
Anonymous- April 7, 2009 at 8:28 am
fu
bdog- April 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm
It is sad that a human being died, however some of these posts realize that in general Mask's lifestyle and the Tapout brand has brought shame to MMA, by turning it from a sport of true warriors to a sport supported by meatheads and bozo's who think its ok to be reckless in a motor vehicle. What if he was the one who lived and the other guy died? would you be as supportive? What if he had killed an innocent kid?
His death is indicative of his meat head behavior which makes the whole MMA world look bad.

That being said

RIP
whitefamily texas- April 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm
We are a big fan of Tapout and MMA we hate to hear this terrible news about Mask. He always made us laugh especailly when he picked on Punkass. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Tapout crew. Sorry for your lost and God Bless
terrie- April 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm
rest in peace mask~and for the assholes that cant read~he wasnt drunk the driver of the porsche was and was arrested you freaks~just because you dont like someone or something doesnt make it bad or wrong~i may not enjoy what you like your freedom as was our's to watch tapout and the hilarious stuff these 3 dudes did~mma/wec/ect will miss mask~i will
UFC fan- April 6, 2009 at 6:52 am
I hear when he hit the pole, he had to split!
I heard when he saw his car he was beside himself.
Talk about SPLIT personality's!
Man a nice car like that getting tore up, kinda rips you in TWO!


now now fanboys don't get all TORE up about it. :)
Anonymous- April 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm
some dick said: The really big questoin here that I know everyone is DIE'ing (hmm is that pun) to know is: Did he at least win the drag race??



what the fuck bro he just died you don't pull tht shit on a forum you arn't being respectful at all and i hope one day you die of a car accident and someon says i hope he at least won the race. or you can get cancer either or.
candy- April 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm
Im sorry about the loss of ur friend the the "mask". He was always made me laugh.
Anonymous- April 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm
Man that was my boy i felt like crying when i got the news
UFC fan- April 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Shut up already about.
and NICK, stop blowing his memory, let this shit rest for fucksake.
And yeah I would tell you that to your face, so shut up damn it.
Dude fucked up, some of us it pisses off, he wasted his life, so stop blowing him.
NICK BULLOCK AKA WHITE BOY- April 5, 2009 at 9:37 pm
MAY "GOD" GIVE YOU A CAGE TO ALWAYS BE AROUND
NICK BULLOCK AKA WHITE BOY- April 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm
IVE READ ALL THE POSTS AND I HAVE TO SAY SOME PEOPLE ARE REALLY FUCKING STUPID AND PATHETIC. MASK HAD A HUGE HEART FOR YOUNG STRUGGLING FIGHTERS. HE SAW THINGS IN THEM THAT NO ELSE DID OR CARED TO. REGARDLESS IF HE WAS ON TV, WORE FACE MAKE-UP, WAS A BUS DRIVER, A LAWYER, A CASHIER AT GAS STATION, OR EVEN WORE PINK PANTIES. THE MAIN POINT IS THAT IT IS A UNFORTUNATE ENDING TO A GOOD MAN. HE SUPPORTED THE TROOPS AT EVERY CHANCE, HE HAD A GIVING HEART, AND, I THINK FROM WHAT IVE SEEN AND READ ON HIM, A GOOD FRIEND TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM. AND FOR SOME TO SAY HES A DOUCHE OR HE DESERVES IT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT IS JUST WRONG. IM NOT SAYING RACING IS RIGHT WHEN OTHERS ARE AT RISK. I HAVE A 2006 SUPED UP GT MUSTANG AND RACE IT. SOBER. ANYWAYS. IM A FIGHTER, I SERVED 6 YRS IN THE ARMY AS A RECON SCOUT AND I TOO CARE FOR THE STRUGGLING UP AND COMING. HE STOOD FOR WHAT I AM. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE AT ANYTIME. I PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HIS PASSING WILL NOT END WHAT HE STARTED. AND FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT A REACTION BY MAKING IGNORANT POSTS I PRAY THAT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES NEVER HAVE TO MOURN YOUR PASSING AT A WAY TOO EARLY OF AN AGE. I GUARANTEE YOU WOULD NOT SAY THOSE THINGS TO MY FACE, HIGH TOWERS FACE, PUNK ASSES FACE OR ANY ONE THAT CAN RELATE MASK FACES. OVER A COMPUTER THEY BECOME 6'5" 250 WHEN THEY ARE ACTUALLY 5'5" 250 AND ROUND AS A THEIR HOLLOW HEAD.
MASK I NEVER KNEW YOU PERSONALLY BUT I KNOW YOU WILL BE MISSED MAY GOOD GIVE YOU A CAGE TO ALWAYS BE AROUND, GOD BLESS YOU.
FROM A YOUNG "AMERICAN FIGHTER"
RAY V.- April 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm
Hey Anonymous, sounds to me like u r the douchebag, and open your mouth on shit that u dont even know what u r talking about, so my advice 2 u is to just shut the fuck up and dont say nothing at all! and on a last note I sure would to see you call MASK a douch in front of punkass ,scrape or even better THE ICE MAN!
NOW THAT WOULD BE FUNNY SHIT TO WATCH YOU EAT YOUR WORDS DOUCHEBAG!!!
Anonymous- April 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Really, you would see to it personally? How personal?
YoYo- April 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm
First of all R.I.P. mask............ but for him to be racing that fast n drinking is kind of dumb, he new the risk. but this is really sad for mma
The Brandon- April 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm
In the video they didnt even say it was mask. wtf. why is he like unknown to society, he was an awsome person and believed in great things. and he isnt even know or put in the news
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