Tania Hird speaks about her husband's hospitalisation after 'overdose'.

The wife of former Essendon great James Hird has broken her silence on her husband’s hospitalisation after news broke of his health scare.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, Tania Hird asked for privacy and compassion from both the public and media as her family grapples with Hird’s reported overdose.

“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 told the paper.

“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 be making no further comment.”

The 43-year-old was rushed to Malvern’s Cabrini hospital at around 10pm on Wednesday evening after Ambulance Victoria were called to attend a “poisoning overdose,” News Corp reports.

It is believed he was then transferred to another medical facility on Thursday morning where he continues to receive treatment.

The couple have four children together, Stephanie, 16, Thomas, 14, Alexander,12, and William, 8.