Orange County District Attorney clears Charles 'Mask' Lewis Jr. of any substance abuse during fatal crash

Charles 'Mask' Lewis Jr. had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he perished in a fatal car crash in the early hours of March 11 according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office as reported by the Orange County Register.

Toxicology tests performed by the Orange County Coroner came back negative, reaffirming the testimony from friends and family that Lewis did not drink or take drugs.

Lewis, 45, was killed when his Ferrari collided with a Porsche driven by Jeffrey David Kirby of Costa Mesa. Kirby has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and is facing a possible sentence of more than 19 years if convicted. He’s currently being held on $500,000 bail.

"Mask" helped launch TapouT way back in 1997, with nothing more than a vision and a handful of merchandise — and enough gas in his van to follow fighters across the state of California to promote and sell TapouT clothing.

Now his empire, along with Dan "Punkass" Caldwell and Timothy "Skyskrape" Katz, includes a reality TV show, a line of bottled water, an impressive stable of mixed-martial-arts fighters and of course its massive clothing line, which went from a few thousand dollars in sales back in the late 90’s to over $100 million in 2008.

Lewis will be honored in a memorial service held at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California on April 14. "Simply Believe: A Celebration of Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Jr." begins at 11am and is open to the public.

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