WATCH: Man drowns during underwater proposal

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Steven and Kenesha. (PHOTO: Facebook)
Steven and Kenesha. (PHOTO: Facebook)

An American man has drowned while attempting an underwater proposal to his girlfriend.

Chilling footage shows Steven Weber Jnr, from Baton Rouge in Louisiana, popping the question to his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine, in a swimming pool in Tanzania, Sun UK reports.

The couple had been on holiday in East Africa and were staying off the coast on Pemba Island.

Steven decided to surprise Kenesha by swimming underwater and holding a handwritten note against a glass window inside the pool, FOX News reports.

The note, which was placed inside a sealed plastic bag, 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. Will you please be my wife? Marry me???”

Tragically, Steven never got to hear his girlfriend accept as he failed to resurface.

It’s believed he ran out of breath and lost consciousness underwater.  The video ends before he drowns.

In a post on Facebook, Kenesha shared the couple’s final moments together in a touching tribute, CNN reports.

“There are no words adequate enough to honour the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber Jnr,” she writes.

“You were kind, compassionate, you regularly made me cry with laughter, and you showered me with a love like none I’d ever experienced.

Steven and Kenesha. (PHOTO: 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 cruellest twist of fate imaginable.”

Steven’s sister, Mandy Hoffman, described her brother as a selfless and giving person who had an infectious smile.

"He had an infectious smile and the most beautiful eyes and he loved everybody around him and to say that everybody loved him is an understatement," she said.

The body hasn’t yet been returned to the United States.

Sources: Sun UK, FOX News, CNN

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