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This is a very touchy subject....and there are privacy rights and celebrity rights that would apply....and could cause you some issues. Here's a good link you can read that explains this: http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/real-people/
Thus, if you're writing about private things, you really have to be careful. But if you make the people different enough that a reasonable reader can't determine who the person is, you could be safe.
The safest thing is to get permission from the people or the representatives of their estate to make sure you do not find yourself in a lawsuit.
You haven't been charged......so don't fret about that.
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