A man from Zachary, Louisiana, died after he drowned during an underwater-themed proposal to his girlfriend, according to multiple reports.
Kenesha Antoine said that she was vacationing in Tanzania with her boyfriend, Steven Weber, and the couple had booked a cabin with a submerge bedroom, according to WBRZ. During the vacation, Weber proposed to Antoine underwater by swimming outside their submerged bedroom and showing Antoine a note wrapped in a ziplock pack, asking her to marry him. She posted a video of the proposal to Facebook.
“I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you, but everything I love about you—I love more every day,” the note read.
Weber pulled out a ring and Antoine was heard saying “yes” to his proposal before he swam away. However, he never made it to the surface, the news outlet reported.
Little detail has been provided by the Department of State regarding the incident. They did confirm that a U.S. tourist had died in Tanzania, according to WBRZ. WAFB 4 reported that Weber was an RA at St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center.
In the Facebook post dedicated to Weber, she wrote about how amazing he was, and how much of an impact that he made on the people around him.
“There are no words adequate enough to honor the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr. You were a bright light to everyone you encountered. You never met a stranger, and you brought so much joy to so many people,” Antoine wrote. “You were kind, compassionate, you regularly made me cry with laughter, and you showered me with a love like none I’d ever experienced.”
She expressed her sorrow, writing that he died not having heard her reply to his proposal, as well as other adventures that they would have had if he had made it up to the surface, according to the Facebook post. Antoine shared that she would try to take solace in the fact they were happy together. She expressed how blessed they were to be able to share moments together, right up till their final moment.
“Just a couple of days before you died, you said to me, ‘I’ve seen a few cancer patients on this trip, and it dawned on me that this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that people want to experience before they die. And here we are in the prime of our lives doing this. We are so blessed,'” Antoine wrote in the post.
She further expressed her love for him by writing, “Yes, we were [blessed], my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next. I love you so much, and I always will.”