"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," TapouT.com stated. "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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Charles and Dan from TAPOUT and I go way back to the beginning of this
universe called MMA. We always saw each other at the events. We would
laugh, talk and give each other a hug. These were the days they drove
around in a beat up brown van, and sold stuff out of the back of it.
These were also the days before Charles put on the camo and face
paint....before he was Mask.
As MMA got bigger we would joke with each other about how bigger we got in this universe. We always felt we were the luckiest sons-of-bitches on the planet. Of course TAPOUT grew to be the biggest name in the market, and I was very proud of them (still am!).
I will miss you Charles, and rest in peace. All the best to Dan and the rest of the TAPOUT family.
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