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TapouT Owner Dies

in Horrific Ferrari Crash

3/11/2009 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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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.

UPDATE: A rep for TapouT released this 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-wishes during this incredibly difficult time."

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Stian    

auch

2031 days ago
2.

Boogie    

wow..

2031 days ago
3.

Dan    

Sucks, but being a dumbass has it's costs..

2031 days ago
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Wow.    

That's sad, but why would the guy he was racing be charged with vehicular manslaughter? It was Lewis' choice to race. The other guy should be charged with street racing and dangerous driving, but that's it.

2031 days ago
5.

★☆RoXaNnE☆★    

I know this is really really REALLY mean
BUT,
this dude was a total douche bag, and totally full of himself..
probably was showing off and being a douche bag and thats probably how he died.

I KNOW THIS IS MEAN..
BUT DID ANYONE EVER WATCH THE SHOW TAPOUT?!? C'mon total douche bag

2031 days ago
6.

Michael Madsen    

That's mean.

2031 days ago
7.

ELK    

When I saw that newscast this morning the driver was not identified but I knew it would turn out to be someone prominent. Then again, that is pretty obvious since short order cooks don't tend to drive Ferrari 360's!

2031 days ago
8.

Fan Since 2007!!!    

Darwin Award Nominee

2031 days ago
9.

OJ    

RIP Mask

2031 days ago
10.

UFC FAN    

RIP Mask. "Life is full of influences, It's your application that sets you apart.
That's something I wrote to myself and completely believe in. You can't be scared to set out to do something in life because you believe it may be similar to something, or because you don't know the clear cut path on how you're going to accomplish your goal or dream! Just take a step towards your belief daily - fearlessly, wholeheartedly, digging and dreaming within yourself, believing that as you push on through sacrifice, you will one day stand alone on top of a hill that you created that now encourages and inspires others to chase their dream. Knowing that through tenacity and patience anything can be achieved.
If you simply believe" - - Charles Lewis Jr a.k.a. Mask

TAPOUT: AN EXPRESSION OF COMBAT KNOWN WORLDWIDE
This counterculture crew boasts a sought-after clothing line, a raucous in-demand TV reality show, and sponsors the best MMA Fighters all the while creating hype and mystique The trio equaling the TapouT Crew - Mask, Punkass and Skyskrape - are no strangers to the fanfare surrounding the infamous sport of MMA and are never too shy to strike their notorious poses with fight-frenzied fans. As the premiere lifestyle brand of the MMA world, TapouT undoubtedly corners the competition- in and out of the octagon.
As the energy is escalating around the MMA culture, TapouT is taking on a life of its own with an attitude so American and Arrogant that the demand for the brand has gone global. “The TapouT phenomenon can’t be explained easily. TapouT is here to help bring the sport to its rightful place of world domination, and our products are just an extension of that,” says TapouT’s ringleader Mask. The ubiquitous logo-blazen tee shirt that made TapouT a madhouse-hold name can now be purchased in over 20,000 retail stores worldwide (not including online), along with a full line of fighter gear, men’s, women’s, youth and accessories.

Mask - your influence and energy for MMA, sportsmanship, and presence will be missed bro!

2031 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

This is tragic! Do you have any idea how rare those Ferraris are?

2031 days ago
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JRock4    

RIP. To Roxanne how could you even say something like that. Yes I watched the show Tapout and thought it was a good show. The Mask was always on there laughing and cutting up playing jokes. He will be missed very much unlike when ever you die Roxanne. Who would cry over you after hearing that they pulled the rat out of your butt because your dumb*ss thought it was a gerbil instead of a rat.

2031 days ago
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micro    

The guy acted like this because that was the character he played. Mask was actually an upstanding incredibly compassionate and nice guy.

This is a loss to the MMA and community in general. He did a lot of good you have no idea about the real man.

The other guy in the Porshe getting arrested is ridiculous he didnt force mask to race or crash. Terrible terrible law.

2031 days ago
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UFC FAN    

Guys do not hate. You're showing colors worse than what he stood for by saying stuff like that. He was ecentric and to some a douche, but he built a clothing empire from nothing and helped drive the UFC to where it is now. What have you guys done? He did a lot for a sport he loved and gae back to all around him and within his community. Show a little respect and don't act like you never raced before or have done anything stupid....

2031 days ago
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Mr.DNA    

Why arrest the other guy? He won!!

2031 days ago
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