In a heartbreaking tragedy, an American man has reportedly drowned during an underwater marriage proposal.
His girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine, broke the devastating news about her drowned lover, Steven Weber Jr., in a social media post. The Louisiana couple had been vacationing at the high-scale Manta Resort Resort on Pemba Island in Tanzania. In a statement to ABC News, the resort confirmed that a “male guest tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room.”
“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, ‘Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!'” Antoine wrote in a heart-wrenching Facebook post on Friday announcing Weber’s death.
Antoine can be heard cheerfully giggling in a recording of the romantic proposal wherein Weber puts a note on a glass window of their fancy hotel room that reads, “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 back of the note reads, “Will you please be my wife. Marry me???”
The videos ends with Weber revealing a ring before apparently attempting to head back up to the surface for air. He was found dead moments later.
“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 added.
For its part, the resort also released an additional statement, adding “Our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his girlfriend, families and friends impacted by this tragic accident.”
The U.S. State Department confirmed “the death of a U.S. citizen in Tanzania” in a statement to ABC News as well.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”