Tapout officials have released details for a memorial service entitled, “Simply Believe: A Celebration of Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr,” for their fallen comrade. On April 14th, friends, fans and family will be able to pay their respects to Mask at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
In a released statement, the two other significant faces for the popular MMA clothing brand expressed sadness for their life-long friend.
“We first and foremost want to thank everyone – Tapout fans, (the) mixed-martial-arts community and more – for their kind words and support in the wake of Mask’s death,” stated Tapout co-founder Dan “Punkass” Caldwell. “Whether you’re a fan of MMA or not, Charles’ goal was to inspire people to make a difference in the world and never settle for anything less than their dreams. With Tapout he reached more people than we could have ever imagined, and his dedication to the sport and brand will live on forever through his fans around the world.”
“Mask was one of the most genuine and honest people I have ever met,” Timothy “Skyskrape” Katz stated. “He created Tapout as a way to share his passion and energy for MMA with the world, and the inspiration and attitude of Tapout will continue to live on in Mask’s memory.”
Tapout president Marc Kreiner also issued a statement regarding his feelings for the beloved Lewis.
“Mask was the ultimate entrepreneur,” Kreiner stated. “I’m still in awe of his marketing and business prowess that brought his dream from the back of a pickup truck to a world-renowned brand. We’ll miss his drive and intensity for the business, but the leadership he instilled in the company will carry on.”
Lewis was tragically killed early last Wednesday morning when his Ferrari was struck by a drunk driver in Newport Beach, California. Lewis’ car hopped the curb, hitting a light pole and split completely in half.
Lewis was pronounced dead on the scene.