Louisiana man dies after making underwater marriage proposal in Tanzania, girlfriend says

A marriage proposal went horribly wrong in Tanzania early Friday, as a Louisiana man died while attempting an underwater marriage proposal, his girlfriend wrote on social media.

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Kenesha Antoine, an attorney in Baton Rouge, posted on Facebook that her boyfriend, Steven Weber Jr., of Zachary, died during the couple's trip overseas, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.

It was "the cruelest twist of fate imaginable," Antoine wrote on Facebook.

Antoine said the couple was vacationing at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island. The cabin at the resort had a submerged bedroom, including windows looking out into the water.

There are no words adequate enough to honor the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr. You were a bright light to...

Posted by Kenesha Antoine on Friday, September 20, 2019

Antoine wrote in the post that Weber died before he reached the surface to hear her "Yes" to his marriage proposal, WBRZ reported.

"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," Antoine wrote.

Antoine said the couple was vacationing at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, an elaborate cabin with a submerged bedroom, including windows looking out into the water.

Antoine shared a video showing Weber swimming up to the glass with handwritten messages, with the final message being the proposal, The Advocate reported.

Weber then pulls out a ring, and Antoine can be heard exclaiming "Yes," the newspaper reported. Weber is shown swimming out of the frame, but Antoine said her boyfriend never made it back to the surface.

It is not clear what caused Weber's death. The U.S. Department of State confirmed a U.S. tourist had died in Tanzania but did not offer any other details, WBRZ reported.

Weber was a graduate of Zachary High School, who attended Delgado Community College, LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, The Advocate reported.


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