King was a fatalist, resigned to whatever happened, telling aides he had no choice in how he would die, or when.
1640s, in reference to the philosophical doctrine that all things are determined by fate; from fatal + -ist. General sense of "one who accepts every event as inevitable" is from 1734.
1670s, from fatal + -ism.
The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.