Authorities in Tanzania have reportedly conducted an autopsy on the body of Steven Weber but could not determine cause of death
The sister of a Louisiana man who died last week during an underwater marriage proposal in Tanzania has raised questions about what went wrong.
Steven Weber of Baton Rouge died after making an unforgettable marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine, in Tanzania last week.
A video posted by Antoine shows the 40-year-old Weber swimming outside the underwater room holding a handwritten proposal note.
I cant hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you, said the handwritten note encased in a plastic bag. Then Webber flipped it over to the other side, which asked, Will you please be my wife? and pulled out a jewellery box from his swim trunks. He opened it to reveal a ring before swimming out of view of the video.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Webers sister Mandy Hoffman said when Antoine had gone to the deck level of the structure, which is anchored to the seafloor by cables, Weber never surfaced.
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 had written earlier on Facebook.
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.
Hoffman said Antoine had tried to seek help, but was unable to reach resort personnel by phone or radio and eventually flagged down a passing boat. She said the boats owner had found Weber and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
Hoffman said Tanzanian authorities informed her by email on Monday that they had conducted an autopsy, but didnt immediately provide a cause of death. She said Weber had been snorkelling multiple times and was a strong swimmer.
This is all we keep talking about, she said. Something other happened besides him running out of breath.