Author Jerzy Kosinski, who survived the Nazi occupation of his native Poland and went on to write the satirical "Being There" and "The Painted Bird," committed suicide Friday. He was 57.

His body was discovered in his Manhattan apartment by his wife, Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski, said police spokeswoman Officer Janice Swinney. He had a plastic bag pulled over his head and was in the bathtub, she said.