Steven Weber died while trying to propose to his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine underwater in Tanzania. It was Antoine who wrote about the tragedy in a heartbreaking post on her Facebook page on September 20.
Antoine had said that the couple had spoken about their happiness at being on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanzania. While friends have described Weber’s dramatic proposal as being typical of his wonderful, fun-loving personality. In her Facebook post, Antoine says that she never had a chance to say yes to Weber’s marriage proposal. Antoine wrote, “Antoine said that she believed Weber is now spreading love and joy throughout the universe. She added, “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.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Weber Is Last Seen in the Proposal Video Producing a Ring & Then Swimming Out of Shot
A video shared by Antoine showed Weber swimming underwater while holding a note in a ziplocked bag. The note read, “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.” When turned over, the note read, “Will you please be my wife? Marry me???” Then Weber produced a ring before swimming out of the shot. The couple had been together since April 2018, according to a post on Weber’s Facebook page.
Antoine wrote on her page, “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 went on to say that during their trip to Tanzania, Weber had told her what a once-in-a-lifetime trip they found themselves on. Antoine said of Weber, “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.” She added, “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.”
2. Weber & Antoine Had Been Staying in a Submerged Hotel Room in Tanzania
There has been no official confirmation regarding the circumstances of Weber’s drowning. The U.S. Department of State has said that they have been made aware of Weber’s death in the East African nation. The Weber and Antoine had been staying in the Manta Resort on Pemba Island. Their room included a submerged bedroom showing the ocean, according to Antoine’s Facebook post.
3. Weber, Who Attended Louisiana State University, Worked at a Drug Rehabilitation Center
According to his Facebook page, Weber worked at St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the city that he also called home. Weber was a graduate of Zachary High School, located just northeast of Baton Rouge. Weber also attended Baton Rouge Community College, Delgado Community College as well as Louisiana State University. In an August Facebook post, Weber said that he had adopted a dog from a local animal welfare society.
For his birthday in April, Weber asked his friends to donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
4. Weber Was Also a DJ Who Went by the Moniker, The Real Steven
The New Orleans Advocate reports that Weber had been a DJ in the local community. One of his colleagues in the field, Roxanne Hare, told the Advocate, “It’s not just a cliché that he always had a smile on his face. He was a fun guy. He always treated me and everyone around him well. He had a creative spirit. It would be just like him to try to pull something like this off.”
In his DJ career, Weber went by the moniker, The Real Steven. On his Facebook page, Weber says he has a home music studio and that he was formerly the music director for 91.1 FM KLSU.
5. Kenesha Antoine Is a Successful Baton Rouge-based Attorney
Antoine is a Baton Rouge-based attorney, according to her official website. Antoine identifies herself as the owner and principal attorney at the law firm, The Blues Ink. On her official website, Antoine says that she was born-and-raised in Baton Rouge and that she is a graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School. Antoine attained a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern University in 2002 before enrolling at the Southern University Law Center and earning a Juris Doctorate degree in 2007.
Antoine began her legal career by working at the non-profit Advocacy Center in Louisiana. She founded her own law firm in 2009. Antoine describes her outside interests as “sharing her expertise by presenting at conferences on topics such as entrepreneurism, diversity, and work-life balance.” Antoine is also a board member of Forward Arts, Inc., and is a mentor with the Big Buddy organization. In 2013, Fisher unsuccessfully ran to become a Justice of the Peace in Louisiana.
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