Charles Lewis Jr., (a.k.a. ‘Mask’) wrecked his Red Ferrari Mondena around 1am March 11, 2009 in Newport Beach, CA. The Ferrari hit a pole while traveling at a high rate of speed. Mask was pronounced dead on the scenes.
According to MMAjunkie.com a Newport Beach Police Department representative revealed that a second car is believed to have been involved in the wreck. They suspect the second car, a white Porsche, was speeding next to Mask’s (Lewis) Ferrari. The driver of the Porsche has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Reports state that Mask was traveling with a female companion, but it is not clear which of the two were driving the Ferrari. Initial investigation revealed that the Ferrari hit a curb and then smashed into the pole, the female was ejected from the car and remains in stable condition.
DEAREST FRIENDS AND FAMILY 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.
I want to add that Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis was a true MMA Business Warrior. He and Dan Caldwell (also known as "Punkass") formed Tapout Clothing Inc. in 1997 with a trunk full of T-shirts and a few thousand dollars of start-up money.
Since it’s inception in 1997, Mask and his partners have made Tapout one of the biggest apparel success story in the Mix Martial Arts industry. In 1999 the company grossed just $30,000 in sales. They then drove sales to over $100 million in 2008.
As am I, Lewis was a longtime comic-book fan, He and his business warrior brothers, "Punkass" and "Skyscrape," dawned make up and costumes after launching the company from a San Bernardino apartment.
They went out and made things happen using the costumes, grassroots marketing efforts and a high work ethic. They became celebrities in their own right.
Mask was not a traditional business entrepreneur, he was unconventional and sometimes over the top. But he had the spirit of a warrior and he will be missed.