Former 'Cheers' actress Shelley Long has been hospitalised after a suspected drug overdose. Sources claim the blonde star, who played barmaid Diane in the long-running sitcom, may have attempted suicide after splitting from her husband, Bruce Tyson, after 23 years together. A friend is quoted by Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "For 18 months she's been getting more and more depressed. It's like seeing someone falling off a cliff. She told some of her friends she felt she had nothing to live for." Shelley, 55, was said to be distraught when Bruce left her and she had to move out of their Hollywood home. Friends claim the actress, who now lives alone, hasn't been eating properly and often doesn't feel the need to get out of bed.

One said: "It is very sad to see this woman, who is only 55, looking like she's 90."

Shelley met second husband Bruce, with whom she has a daughter, Juliana, on a blind date in 1979 and they wed two years later.

The actress has starred in a series of film since 'Cheers' ended in 1993, including 'The Brady Bunch Movie' and 'Dr T and the Women'.