Everyone seemed to feel it: Mask was in the house – or in the Crystal Cathedral more precisely – this morning, when more than 350 friends, family, business associates and employees gathered for an 11 a.m.memorial service in Garden Grove to remember Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., co-founder of the mixed martial arts Tapout brand who died in an auto accident March *11.
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A week after he died in a Newport Beach auto accident, plans have been announced to memorialize the life of Charles "Mask" Lewis, cofounder of the multimillion-dollar TapouT brand of mixed martial arts clothing, accessories and fighter-promotion.
According to a press release issued this morning, the memorial will be titled Simply Believe: A Celebration of Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Jr.” The service is scheduled for April 14 at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. The 11:00 a.m. service will be open to the public.
The release also included statements from TapouT cofounder Dan Cladwell, crew member Timothy "SkySkrape" Katz and President Marc Kreiner praising Lewis' efforts at marketing the burgeoning sport and thanking fans.
“We first and foremost want to thank everyone -– TapouT fans, [the] mixed marital arts community and more -– for their kind words and support in the wake of Mask’s death,” Caldwell said in the release.
"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.”
Additional details about the memorial will be posted as they become available.
Photos: TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis signs autographs and chats with a young fan at a mixed martial arts expo in Long Beach in August. Credit: Adam Tschorn.
Although Newport Police would not release the name of the car crash victim pending notification of next of kin, press representatives of the San Bernardino County-based company confirmed Lewis had passed away on Monday evening, with the following statement: