Reagan's daughter slams 'shameful' critics who called her reaction to her mom's death 'terse'

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Reagan's Daughter Slams 'Haters' Who Criticized Her Reaction to Mom's Death

Nancy Reagan's daughter is hitting back at critics who said she had a "terse" reaction to her mother's death.

Patti Davis released a statement Sunday saying the 94 year old's passing had been "expected."

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"My mother had been in poor health for quite a while, and recently had gotten markedly worse, so this wasn't a surprise," she said.

The statement sparked surprised responses, with one report calling it "terse." Patti has since responded to their criticism.

"To the people who called my short piece on my website 'terse,' perhaps you haven't experienced how overwhelming it is to lose a parent," she said. "It's shameful that people would find fault with that, but then 'the haters are going to hate.'"

Nancy Reagan passed away from congestive heart failure. Her funeral will be held on Friday and she will be buried alongside her husband at the Reagan Library in California.

Bill O'Reilly, who wrote the bestseller "Killing Reagan," told INSIDE EDITION that she was a hero for the decade she spent caring for her husband after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

"I dedicated the book to all the people who care for the elderly, based on what she did," he said.

The Fox News host said Nancy became ferociously protective of President Reagan after he narrowly escaped assassination in 1981.

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"You could not get to Ronald Reagan unless you went through Nancy Reagan," he said. "She was the gatekeeper and that was it."

O'Reilly remembered the last time he spoke with her.

"She was with it," he said. "She followed events, but she stayed quiet, to herself. She had her circle of friends and once her husband died, she was looking forward to seeing him again in heaven."

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Reagan's daughter slams 'shameful' critics who called her reaction to her mom's death 'terse'
Cal State University Long Beach library dean and director Roman Kochan displays a signed photo of former President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan with former California Gov. George Deukmejian. The photo is among stacks of large boxes of files from Former California Gov. George Deukmejian. Gov. Deukmejian recently donated his official archives to Cal State Long Beach, moving the collection from Stanford. The move, which Deukmejian said had to do with his residence in Long Beach, is unusual since it is the last time a former governor has say over where his official papers can go. And its restrictions on access has raised some eyebrows among librarians. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Nancy Reagan attends Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Gala Honoring Bob Hope on May 29, 1997 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Peter Lund, Nancy Reagan and Sandy Weill attend Fifth Annual National Center on Addicition and Substance Abuse Gala on March 18, 1997 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Disease Benefit Gala on October 30, 1996 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Sophia Loren attend Valentine's Day Luncheon Honoring Sophia Loren on February 10, 1993 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend the opening night of 'Sunset Blvd' on December 9, 1993 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend American Television Awards on May 23, 1993 at the Barker Hanger at Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Children Institute International Benefit Fashion Show on February 14, 1992 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan attend Children Institute International Benefit Fashion Show on February 14, 1992 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Rosia Gorbachev attend 75th Anniversary Party for Forbes Magazine on May 11, 1992 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit on October 2, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Fourth Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 10, 1992 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Third Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 5, 1991 at Pacific Palisades in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Second Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 6, 1990 at Pacific Palisades in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Father's Day Party on June 17, 1990 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit on October 26, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Warner Brothers Rededication Gala on June 2, 1990 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Spirit of America Awards on December 13, 1990 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan sighted on October 5, 1990 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nancy Reagan attends Cedars-Sinai Hospital Benefit on August 29, 1989 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends American Jewis Committee Awards Gala on November 4, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Exhibition 'Vanity Fair - A Treasure Trove of the Costume Institute' on December 12, 1977 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L) embraces former US First Lady Nancy Reagan before the unveiling a statue of her husband, President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 2009 during ceremonies in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
NANCY REAGAN -- Pictured: First Lady Nancy Reagan, White House dog Lucky (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NANCY REAGAN -- Pictured: (center) First Lady Nancy Reagan (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: ABC NEWS - PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - 1981 Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: ABC NEWS - PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - 1981 Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, George H. W. Bush (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
DIFF'RENT STROKES-- 'The Reporter' Episode 22 -- Aired 3/19/83 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nancy Reagan as herself, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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