The troubled DJ, who was found dead at a resort in Oman, was a “fragile soul” who “could not go on any longer”, relatives said.
A poignant statement was released today after Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, took his own life at a resort in Muscat last Friday.
It read: "Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.
"An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.
"When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer."
His relatives said the DJ had "wanted to find peace" and said he would be "sadly missed".
Avicii, known for global hits like Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, was one of music's highest paid DJs earning more than £20million at the height of his fame in 2014.
He announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring saying the demands of the DJ lifestyle were too much.
Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He later had his gallbladder and appendix removed before he quit touring in 2016.
The family statement added: "Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.
"Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive."
Earlier today The Sun Online revealed Avicii’s heartbreaking struggle in the years before his death.
His fans directed their anger at his former management team, who Avicii claimed weren’t supportive when he told them he wanted to stop performing live.