New Details Emerge about Charles “Mask” Lewis’ Death

TapouT co-creator Charles “Mask” Lewis was killed last week in a tragic car accident. Not much was known about what transpired that night but now Sherdog has new details about Mask’s death.


[Lewis] was on his way home from the gym with his girlfriend Lacey at 1 a.m., the only time he could fit working out into a hectic schedule. Lewis took pride in his deceiving physique, and many questioned if he was really 45 years old, even after officials confirmed it.
That night, Lewis and Lacey had decided to drive by a condominium apartment they had been looking into purchasing over the next few days. It is believed Lewis’ fire-engine red Ferrari occupied the middle lane when Jeffery Kirby and his companion came up along the left side in a white 1977 Porsche. At the scene, black skid marks snake up onto the median’s curb right as the road bends slightly, then drag for 500 or more feet across the three lanes. They indicate Kirby’s car bounced off the road’s island divider before t-boning into Lewis’ vehicle’s backend, sending the Ferrari into a 180-degree spin. The car traveled backwards before the driver’s side wailed directly into a cement light pole, slicing it into two parts.
It was the first time in a few months that Lewis had had the opportunity to enjoy the luxury ride he’d purchased over a year ago. The car had slept at a friend’s showroom until Lewis had been asked to bring it to a photo shoot that day for Dub magazine. High speeds didn’t seem unfathomable under the circumstances, though friends said they couldn’t see Lewis engaging in a dangerous street race for superiority. Lewis didn’t know Kirby, nor was Lewis believed to be drinking at the time. Lewis never touched alcohol, as many will attest.

6 responses

  1. tony

    you will be missed mask , TapouT crew keep fighting we love u guys

    April 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm

  2. My boyfriend met you guys once. And it’s been the biggest change of his life. Sorry to hear about what happenned. I wish the best for you guys. May his legend live on in all of us!!!

    Shane Burkett

    April 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm

  3. Sean

    i know it feels to loose someone in a horrific car accident and my deepest condolences go out to all of the TAPOUT crew and family as well as the lewis family.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  4. Mike Pfaff

    Though I never met him, and I only know a brief history of Mask, I do share the love of the sport. I feel MMA fighters, promoters, coaches and fans lost a huge part of history with the pre-mature passing of one of it’s most well known and beloved figures. Therefore, it is with teary eyes, a sunken heart, and great sadness that I say, ” Rest in peace…”

    April 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  5. Franco

    Man you guys are the shit I love to ware all tapout stuff. I leave in a little town in cal. and do fight at are local caceno with tapout shorts. I am so sorry for the loss I do no what that is like. I have lost both of my perents and to best friend in a fatel crash sorry man. franco

    February 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  6. Life can be so unpredictable sometimes so best lived in readiness for the LORD GOD though not responsible for causing the accident. The most important thing is the assurance of SALVATION for to live is good but those who pass on gain Christ. There is no pain, tears or sorrow but perfect Joy. Yes extremely painful for those left behind yet it is now a life of bliss for those in heaven with God. May they rest in peace in the Loving Arms of God in Jesus Name. Wealth, Riches, material prosperity is fantastic but live for God no matter how fabulously rich. God bless you.

    February 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

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