Five years after his father's death, Murray, who attended the same medical school as his father, opened his Houston practice, the Acres Home Heart and Vascular Institute, as something of a tribute to Andrews.
Williams credits Murray for saving his life. While on a trip to Las Vegas, Williams experienced chest pain. He said Murray performed surgery, putting several stents in arteries near his heart, and saved his life.
Williams had been equally surprised when he learned that Murray is at the center of the investigation into Jackson's death. While he first warned Murray not to take the job as Jackson's personal physician because he thought the singer was troubled, Williams gave his blessing when he thought about Murray's growing money problems. But he doesn't think Murray's need for money compromised his medical practices.
"Hell, he won't give me medicine," he said. "He doesn't believe in giving you a lot of pills. I don't believe he was raised to believe in that."
Williams said his community members are determined to stand by Murray. They refuse to abandon the man who left a humble Houston clinic to treat one of the world's biggest stars.
"I'm concerned," he said. "We love him, we're waiting on him."