Heh. Rammed Ass. So the 250th DDP hit of the year was American spiritual guru and 60s counter-culture icon Ram Dass, who had announced earlier this year he was “ready to die”. Richard Alpert was an assistant clinical psychology professor at Harvard when he first met Timothy Leary, and the pair soon set about investigating the positive impact of hallucinogenics. Thus Alpert soon moved to New York, began giving lectures in Greenwich village and spent a year travelling around India, where he was given the name “Ram Dass” (“servant of God”) by the guru Neem Karoli Baba. Dass had been in power health for a number of years, ever since a stroke in 1997 (which he claimed was a message of grace from God).