A Louisiana man died while attempting to propose to his girlfriend underwater on Thursday, Sept. 19, during a vacation in Tanzania.
Kenesha Antoine, an attorney in Baton Rouge, reported on Facebook on Friday that her boyfriend, Steven Weber Jr., of Zachary, Louisiana, had died. She wrote that it was “the cruelest twist of fate imaginable.”
Antoine said the couple was on a trip tp the Manta Resort on Pemba Island. The cabin at the resort had an underwater room, including windows looking out into the water.
The post includes a video showing Weber swimming up to the glass wall with a handwritten note in a plastic bag, with the final message being the proposal.
Weber then pulled out a ring. He was shown swimming up out of view, but Antoine said her boyfriend never made it back to the surface.
Antoine wrote that Weber died before he reached the surface to hear her answer, which would have been “a million times, yes.”
The post read: “You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable. I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together.”
The circumstances surrounding Weber’s death remain unknown. The U.S. Department of State confirmed a U.S. citizen had died in Tanzania but did not offer any other details.
According to Weber’s Facebook profile, he worked at an addictions wellness center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Antoine called Weber “a bright light to everyone [he] encountered,” and he “brought so much joy to so many people.”