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Hird recovering from overdose: report

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017

Former Essendon AFL coach James Hird is reportedly in hospital recovering from an overdose.

An ambulance was called to the 43-year-old's Toorak home on Wednesday night for an "intentional poisoning overdose", the Seven Network reports.

Hird was reportedly taken to Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, in Melbourne's south, but left the hospital on Thursday.

It's understood he is receiving care elsewhere.

Neither the hospital nor Ambulance Victoria would confirm the report or provide further comment because of patient confidentiality issues.

Essendon Football Club has been contacted for comment.

Hird has kept a low profile since he resigned as Essendon coach in August 2015 with his reputation irreparably damaged by the club's supplements saga.

His tenure as coach was thrown into turmoil by the 2012 supplements program and subsequent Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation, which led to 34 past and present Bombers being banned for the 2016 season.

Before the supplements saga, Hird had been one of Windy Hill's most-treasured sons, playing 253 games for Essendon and winning the Brownlow Medal in 1996.

In May, Hird was left facing legal bills of almost $700,000 after he lost a Victorian Supreme Court bid to have Essendon's insurer pay his legal fees linked to the supplements scandal.

Hird sued Chubb Insurance after the company refused to pay the legal costs of his failed challenge against ASADA in the Federal Court in 2014, and the cost of a subsequent appeal that Hird lost in 2015.

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