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Charles “Mask” Lewis killed in car accident

Is it just me or does it feel like there’s a lot of people in the MMA scene dying lately? Evan Tanner, Justin Levens, Justin Eilers, Helio Gracie, Ken Shamrock (sooner rather than later if he isn’t stopped), and now you can add Tapout founder Charles “Mask” Lewis to that grim and shitty list.

Charles (Mask) Lewis, the colourful co-founder of the popular Tapout Clothing company, died in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif.

Newport Beach police said in a statement that at approximately 12:57 a.m. Pacific time, an off-duty officer saw the Ferrari and a white Porsche “spinning out of control, possibly the result of a collision.”

The Ferrari struck the curb and then a light pole. The Porsche briefly stopped at the scene but then drove away, police said.

Police said they subsequently found the white Porsche and then saw a man and a woman walking away from the vehicle.

Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa, Calif., was arrested and booked for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with bail set at US$1 million, police said. The woman was arrested for public intoxication and was later released.

Here’s a photo gallery from the OC Register of the crash … 24 pictures of horrific sheared-in-half Ferrari action. Apparently a woman was ejected from Mask’s car and is in critical condition. Typically you’d figure that means she went through the windshield but looking at the pictures she could have gone out the back when the car ripped in half. Jesus Christ, that’s a hardcore crash.