Tapouts Charles “Mask” Lewis Dies In High Speed Traffic Accident



While not officially confirmed, It looks like TapouT’s Charles “Mask” Lewis might have died in an apparent street racing accident in Newport Beach earlier this morning.

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.

Mrs. Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle on the Underground

i described the car to punkass and he said it sounds like it was him..

UPDATE: TMZ confirms it was Mask…

TMZ has confirmed the owner of the TapouT MMA clothing line died this morning when his ultra-rare $300,000 Ferrari crashed into a light pole, ripping the car in half.

TMZ has learned Charles Lewis Jr. — aka “Mask” — was driving his Ferrari Modena in Orange County, Calif. around 1:00 AM this morning when cops say it “left the roadway, hit the curb, took out a light pole.”

“Mask” was declared dead at the scene. A female passenger — who was ejected from the crash — was taken to a local hospital, but we’re told she’s in bad shape.

Cops believe “Mask” was racing a guy in a Porsche at the time of the crash, and authorities have since arrested the guy they believe was driving the other car. That man — Jeffrey David Kirby — is being held on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter.

Charles “Mask Lewis and Dan “Punkass” Caldwell founded the Tapout clothing company in 1997. The company made a name for itself sponsoring up and coming fighters and events. Mask was a true pioneer of the sport, he will be missed…

UPDATE 2: Tapout releases statement

“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


  1. roy

    March 11, 2009 at 5:41 am

    rip Mask

  2. roy

    March 11, 2009 at 5:50 am

  3. t-los

    March 11, 2009 at 6:01 am

    oh shit that sucks. they are investigating it and think the motive was alcohol.damn mask tapped out

  4. gonzo

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 am


  5. MauiMMA

    March 11, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Truely a colorful character in the MMA world will be missed.

  6. rory

    March 11, 2009 at 7:07 am


  7. Tim

    March 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

    RIP…..he will be missed this just goes to prove again that speed racing usually is not a good idea.

  8. Kash

    March 11, 2009 at 8:08 am

    He'll be missed for sure. He was the best part of the Tapout show and well liked by all fighters.

  9. richaaron

    March 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    RIP Mask! One of the few people involved in the sport for more than just the money. You will be missed…

  10. Luke

    March 11, 2009 at 9:27 am

    He was a true MMA fan. He never gave up on the sport and his hard work was worth it when the sport took off. A great man who was all about helping fighters get more money and recognition. RIP

  11. Ryan S

    March 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I honestly don't know much about him, but I think I respect anyone who built their life on supporting this sport. RIP

  12. Miko

    March 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

    t-los: that is a horrible pun an. poor taste

  13. DxxdaytripperxxT

    March 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    He was an original supporter of mma. Even though he wasn't makin any money for years he still stuck behind unknown fighters and encouraged people to keep fighting for their dream. He will be greatly missed as an innovator of the sport and a well loved human being. Your in all our prayers-we love you man-

    Always follow your dreams

    and don't forget where you came from

  14. Karianne Carrillo

    March 11, 2009 at 11:37 am

    This is really sad news. Beyond the makeup, the jokes, the tattoos and crazy outfits, Mask was a generous man with a kind heart. He did so much for the sport of MMA(along with the rest of Tapout). He also did a lot for the USMC and the troops. He was well respected and well liked by so many he came in contact with. He will truley be missed by the sport of MMA, the US troops and fans around the world. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and co-workers. This will take Tapout in a new direction and I wish the company well. I have a friend who knew a couple of the Tapout guys(including Mask) when they were police officers in SB. He was in the car with them the day they mentioned quitting law enforcement to start up a t-shirt company. My friend thought they were nuts…that company was Tapout and look at them now. This was his purpose in life, which was completely fulfilled and will continue to go on without forgetting where it started. RIP, Mask.

    Karianne Carrillo

    Disciple Fight Gear

  15. Al

    March 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    sad day, damn. RIP Mask

  16. danny g

    March 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    i had the pleasure to him and he was such a nice person..we will miss him.

  17. hrevel

    March 12, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I created a memorial in his name. Please visit and leave a message, light a candle, share a story, etc.


  18. monica

    March 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I was shocked to find out about this today, I just met him on Sat. in Columbus, Oh and was thrilled to get my pic with him. He was really a nice guy, R.i.p. buddy.

  19. tuffton

    May 29, 2009 at 5:07 am

    i was a huge fan i am getting a tattoo for him i loved how his personality was he was an outgoing guy he is just like me. i didn't believe my uncle when he sead "mask the guy from tapout died lastnight" R.I.P mask 3/11/09

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