From NY Daily News
Nancy Reagan's biological children commemorated the former First Lady Monday, one day after her death at 94 —but her once-estranged daughter offered cold comfort.
Patti Davis, 63, a longtime liberal activist who drifted from her right-wing Republican parents during the 1990s, released a statement early Monday describing her mom’s final years but said little about the former First Lady's remarkable legacy as an Alzheimer's disease advocate and passionate drug prevention champion.
“My mother had been in poor health for quite a while, and recently had gotten markedly worse, so this wasn’t a surprise,” Davis wrote in a two-paragraph statement posted early Monday on her website.
"Just as when my father died, there is comfort in feeling surrounded by gentle thoughts and kind wishes, often sent out by strangers. And just as when my father died, we will honor my mother publicly — stand on the public stage and share as much as we can.”
Davis infamously fell out with her family following a rough upbringing marred by drug addiction. After the Reagan presidency, Davis posed nude in Playboy and penned a memoir blasting her father as “distant” and her mother as “abusive.”
But she reunited with her parents before Ronald died in 2004 and wrote a memoir, “The Long Goodbye,” about his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.