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   March 11th, 2009

Most of you have probably already heard about the car accident that claimed the life of TapouT co-founder, Mask. This comes straight off of their 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-wishes during this incredibly difficult time.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family and everyone affected by this loss. -matt

24 Responses to “TapouT”

HUghes Fan Says:

A sad day for MMA indead. This guy helped pave the way for so many up and coming fighters.

Tyburn Says:

I have just heard the news. I send my sincere condolences :’(

Bonnie Says:


I know you and Mark knew the TapouT crew. My prayers are with all the people who knew and loved him.

Brad Collins Says:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in MMA. This is a heavy loss for all. I remember viewing the tape of you with the Tapout crew out at the farm and over at Litchfield. May God be wilh all of you.

Dan Says:

God bless you all out there in the MMA community. Mask did so much for fighters, he will be missed.

Sweden Says:

I am very sad to hear the news of Charles “Mask” Lewis. May he rest easy. Please check this video out. It is Matt Hughes and the Tap Out crew. Very funny when Matt and “Punkass” fights.

Bless S

John King Says:

My prayers are with his family and friends, God Bless.

mattrocks Says:

I am so sad to hear this horrible news. My thoughts and prayers are with Mask’s family, both personal and professional.

Kelly Says:

This is so sad. My family are huge TapouT fans. My husband always thought Mask was the greatest. In deed this is a very sad time for MMA.

jonathon Says:

My thoughts and prayers are definitely with his family.
I wasn’t much of a fan of his, or his company, but a life is a life…and love him or hate him, he did shine a bright light on our sport.

Perhaps some good can come of this through awareness of the dangers of street racing. I realize the desire to prove your car is faster than the next can be overwhelming, but at what cost?
Slowing down and not drinking and driving will go a long way in keeping all of us safe.

God bless.

justin in taylorville Says:

rip mask…i think mma wouldnt be close to where it is now if it werent for tapout…this is a huge loss for mma

Pete Says:

This was sad news. Not only was he a pioneer in promoting and popularizing MMA, he also sponsored a lot of fighters and helped them make the transition from local fighters to the big leagues. In less than 10 years he went from selling t-shirts out of his car to a $100 million a year company. Our prayers go out to his family.

mike in ohio Says:

Sorry to hear that mask is gone. my condolences with friends n family. that great laugh and personality will never be forgotten. all hey jonathan you blow this is a big loss. and i bet you never did anything like that have you. That is called livin and that is what mask did lived life in the fast lane. thats the only way to do it.

bob Says:

no mike thats called being an idiot. There is no living when you travel in inexessive speeds while performing something that is ILLEGAL. Only death. I may come off harsh but I have very little sympathy for the guy known as “mask.” I keep my sympathy for his family that is it. Nothing about how he died should be glorified or taken as you put it, “living life in the fast lane.” How he died is called being a moron. What if he killed some innocent person that was walking across the street and nothing happened to “mask.” Would you still call what he did as “livin.” You could be a saint among saints, but you do something this stupid and reckless then this is what you should be rememberd for. I rank the way he died as the exact same as some “celebrity” dieing of an overdose. You get what you deserve.

bob Says:

add: Live stupidly, die stupidly, and leave a mangled corpse.

Joe Says:

Hey Bob, What is a matter with you? What makes you think that anyone wants your opinion? The man has family and friends who may read what you said. Do you get off on hurting those who mourn? You should keep your opinion to yourself!

Joe Says:

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Charles “Mask” Lewis. I will pray for you.


I agree with bob. Why should we be glorifying a man’s stupidity?
Like Jonathon said, a life is a life and we should mourn that loss. But don’t make him out to be this saint.

I feel for his family. I’m sure they feel just awful about all of this. As a human being, a friend, a son, a brother, i’m sure he was a nice guy. But he was a fool and i felt his antics were bad for the sport. Instead of doing good with all his fame and fortune and setting a good example for others, he chose to live in excess and selfishly put the lives of others in danger.

It’s very sad, but we get what we reap.

bob Says:

You are right he does have family and friends, and my sympathy goes out to them. But that doesn’t at all take away from the way “mask” died. It was 10000000% preventable. If just some random person did this everyone would be saying the exact same thing as what I said. But because this guy is a celebrity he gets a pass and no one can say anything bad about the way he died. I’m sorry but no. Thats not how I roll. I just call it like I see it.

Joe Says:

Bob and HUGHES_FTW!!!,

I am just thinking about what Hughes Fan closed his post with “you get what you reap” (you reap what you sow).
Well you are sowing. I hope you never mess up. J


Yes, you are correct…it’s “you reap what you sow.” Doh!

I do believe in that whole-heartedly, which is why i live my life by example.
I sure hope i reap what i sow.

Kevin Says:

It always hurts when somebody got take away from us. Live is to short.

Let him rest in peace.

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