Gwinnett County, Georgia
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“Racing for Education”
Charles Lewis, Jr
June 23, 1963 - March 11, 2009
Unfortunately, his success would be short lived. With the rapid financial growth of his clothing line, and a subsequent magazine, he purchased a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, a race version of the Ferrari 360 Modena.
Shortly before 1:00 am on March 11, 2009, Lewis died in a high-speed car crash in Newport Beach, California. His Ferrari collided with a 1977 Porsche before hitting a light pole. It was determined during the trial of the Porsche’s driver, Jeffrey Kirby, that the two were engaged in a late-night street race, with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour. When Lewis’ car struck the light pole, the Ferrari split in two, and Lewis was declared dead at the scene. Twenty-three-year-old Lacy Lynn White, the passenger in Lewis' Ferrari, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital. She suffered a fractured elbow and lacerations. Jeffrey Kirby was arrested for "alcohol-related gross vehicular manslaughter".
As a tribute to his contributions to the UFC, “Mask” was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the UFC 100 Fan Expo, and Lewis's name was made a permanent feature on the inside of the door to the Octagon.
Charles Lewis, Jr. was a very successful businessman, promoter and entertainer. Known by his nickname "Mask", Lewis co-founded the TapouT clothing line in 1997, which eventually became a multi-million-dollar clothing company.