A love stunt went fatally wrong for American Steven Weber as he drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater during a vacation in Tanzania.
Weber reportedly dived into the water to pop the question to Kenesha Antoine through the window of their submerged cabin when the tragedy struck.
In a video footage shared by Antoine on her Facebook handle, Weber is seen pressing a piece of paper against the glass with the message: “Will you please be my wife?”
It is believed the Louisiana man ran out of breath and fell unconscious underwater in the pool which had glass windows on its side moments after popping the question.
Weber’s heartbroken girlfriend made an emotional Facebook post that accompanied the video clip, describing him as her “soul and angel”.
“You were a bright light to everyone you encountered. You never met a stranger, and you brought so much joy to so many people. 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 wrote.
“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.
“Just a couple 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.
“Yes, we were, 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.
“Please pray for all the family and friends that loved him so much. Please love each other while you can, as hard as you can. I know that wherever in the universe Steven’s spirit now resides, that is exactly what he’s doing: giving love and spreading joy and laughter. And knowing him, always quick with an off-color joke, he’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra.
“Rest well, my sweet baby! Always know that you are forever loved!”
See the Facebook post here.