MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: James Hird and his wife Tania Hird leave the Federal Court after the first day of the case looking into the AFL-ASADA Investigation into the alleged use of banned substances at the Essendon Bombers Football Club on August 11, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

James Hird’s wife, Tania, has broken her silence on her husband’s suspected overdose.

The former Essendon player and coach was rushed to hospital on Wednesday night following a reported drug overdose.

He was later taken to a specialist mental health centre for further treatment.

Mrs Hird thanked the AFL community for its support following the incident, while re-iterating the family’s wishes for privacy.

“We wish to express our appreciation for the public support that has been given to James and our family since news of his hospitalisation became known,” she said in a statement.

“At this time James and the Hird family are in need of privacy.

“We ask that this privacy be respected.

“We particularly ask this of the media contingent currently gathered at our house.

“James’ health is our primary focus and concern.

“We will making no further comment.”

The Bombers released a statement earlier on Friday afternoon, throwing its support behind the club legend.