Originally Posted by James_Wilde
Granted that one might base a character more or less loosely on someone one actually knows, but if the OP implies killing off a character called James Wilde, based on someone he knows called James Wilde, I have to say I think that would be in bad taste.
And it could get you in serious trouble if the character is someone significant in the real world, for example a story about the assassination of a president and using an actual president as the character. The CIA and MI5/6 and similar organisations have absolutely no sense of humour.
No, definitely not using their name. Just creating a character based
on the person. Like if the daughter's boyfriend were an actor, suddenly a theatre in the forest blows up because the ghost of Red Galloping Hood works for the CIA and heard them making fun of the president's bff from high school.